Τhe number and intensity of flood events is increasing while human impact has significantly altered river morphologies. Floods are one the most important natural hazards not only in terms of economic damages, but also for the loss of human lives. This has been recently demonstrated in November 2017 during the flash flood in western Attica (Mandra), with more than 20 human lives lost and significant damages. The increase in population and urbanization in recent decades has significantly affected and altered the natural environment. Flooding is particularly affected in urban areas due to land use changes, unregulated building constrictions and lack of urban planning. Flood hazard assessment is key for flood mitigation and for providing stakeholders and governments with information for protection and prevention measures. In this context, this session welcomes scientific contributions focusing on multi-disciplinary and innovative research on flood hazard, using geomorphological methods, modelling, morphometric analysis and new technologies and methodologies.
Coordinators: Prof. Niki Evelpidou and Dr. Anna Karkani, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Spatial distribution of damages after various natural disasters
Over the last decades, especially due to climate change, several types of natural disasters have been striking the globe, with many casualties and damages. The geography of the damages is different each time depending on the kind of the disaster. This session welcomes presentations of working groups on the spatial distribution of damages caused by different types of natural phenomena including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, erosion processes etc. We encourage works carried out at all scales and environments, based on observations made after the disastrous events, including comparative studies, as well as the description of new visualization methodologies and innovative spatial tools.
Coordinators: Asst Prof. Emmanuel Vassilakis, Prof. Efthymios Karympalis, Harokopio University