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Abstract

Increasing numbers of natural disasters in Europe have demonstrated the relevance of the natural hazards subject for the protection of the environment and the citizens. The flooding experienced throughout central Europe in August 2002 is a recent example of the damage caused by floods. The economic cost of the flood event of 2002 is about 20 billion Euro. Only between 1971 and 1995 more than 150 major floods occurred in Europe. Moreover the hazard of extreme weather events is increasing as consequence of climate change. There is strong scientific evidence of an increase in mean precipitation and extreme precipitation events that implied that weather driven natural hazards may become more frequent.

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Authors: BARREDO J I, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);LAVALLE C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);KASANKO M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);SAGRIS V, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BREZGER A S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MCCORMICK N, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21472 EN (2004), 32 pp. Free of charge
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Record Number: 200517877 / Last updated on: 2005-01-25
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en