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Volume 13, issue 5 | Copyright

Special issue: 13th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms: disasters...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1337-1350, 2013
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Research article 24 May 2013

Research article | 24 May 2013

Towards a database on societal impact of Mediterranean floods within the framework of the HYMEX project

M. C. Llasat1, M. Llasat-Botija1, O. Petrucci2, A. A. Pasqua2, J. Rosselló3, F. Vinet4, and L. Boissier4 M. C. Llasat et al.
  • 1GAMA (Meteorological Hazards Analysis Team) Department of Astronomy and Meteorology Faculty of Physics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2CNR-IRPI (Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica), Cosenza, Italy
  • 3Grup de Climatologia, Hidrologia, Riscs i Territori. Universitat Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 4Laboratoire GRED. Université Montpellier 3/IRD, France

Abstract. The NW Mediterranean region experiences every year heavy rainfall and flash floods that occasionally produce catastrophic damages. Less frequent are floods that affect large regions. Although a large number of databases devoted exclusively to floods or considering all kind of natural hazards do exist, usually they only record catastrophic flood events. This paper deals with the new flood database that is being developed within the framework of HYMEX project. Results are focused on four regions representative of the NW sector of Mediterranean Europe: Catalonia, Spain; the Balearic Islands, Spain; Calabria, Italy; and Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées and PACA, France. The common available 30-yr period starts in 1981 and ends in 2010. The paper shows the database structure and criteria, the comparison with other flood databases, some statistics on spatial and temporal distribution, and an identification of the most important events. The paper also provides a table that includes the date and affected region of all the catastrophic events identified in the regions of study, in order to make this information available for all audiences.

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