Flood Risk Change

Flood Risk Change

A Complexity Perspective

1st Edition - September 1, 2022

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  • Author: Andreas Zischg
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128220115

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Flood Risk Change: A Complexity Perspective focuses on the dynamic nature of flood risks and follows a systemic approach - including environmental, socioeconomic and socio-technical factors for modeling and managing flood risk change. Readers will gain a more complete picture of the topic for understanding the complexity of flood risk change, both from human and natural causes of flooding. The book includes a mix of theory (introduction to complex system science from the flood risk management perspective) and case studies. It features maps and figures focusing on the system components as well as on the dynamic interactions between the drivers of change. Researchers studying flood risk, environmental engineering, disaster risk reduction, and land use, as well as those in industry and responsible for policy, will find this an invaluable resource.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive overview of key drivers of change, including both natural drivers and socioeconomic drivers
  • Presents different modeling frameworks and setups for considering complexity in flood risk analysis and management
  • Includes both theoretical research and practical applications as told through case studies


Academic departments: flood risk research, environmental engineering, geography, disaster risk reduction, land use science. Industries: Public authorities at local, national and international levels

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key Drivers of Flood Risk Change
    2. Disentangling Drivers of Change
    3. Rivers and Floodplains as Complex Adaptive Systems?
    4. Modelling Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Flood Risk Change
    5. Confronting Complexity in Flood Risk Management

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: September 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128220115

About the Author

Andreas Zischg

Andreas Paul Zischg is a geographer by training and has worked for many years in flood risk research and flood risk management. He was a consultant for public authorities responsible for water resources management, flood risk management, land use planning, and environmental protection and has built experience in adapting disciplinary government practices to the complex challenges of our times, e.g. by developing transdisciplinary and participative planning processes, adaptive management approaches, and by introducing participatory modelling framework in decision making processes. In these years, he acknowledged the urgent need for methods that enable us to consider, confront, and tackle the complexity inherent in solving current problems. Currently, he is a senior scientist at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research focuses on the development of coupled component modelling frameworks for analysing and modelling complex processes and changes that are shaping flood risks in the Anthropocene.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Bern, Switzerland

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