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Volume 18, issue 9 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2471-2488, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-2471-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Review article 17 Sep 2018

Review article | 17 Sep 2018

Review article: Climate change impacts on dam safety

Javier Fluixá-Sanmartín1, Luis Altarejos-García2, Adrián Morales-Torres3, and Ignacio Escuder-Bueno4 Javier Fluixá-Sanmartín et al.
  • 1Centre de Recherche sur l'Environnement Alpin (CREALP), Sion, 1951, Switzerland
  • 2Department of Civil Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Cartagena, 30202, Spain
  • 3iPresas Risk Analysis, Valencia, 46023, Spain
  • 4Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Valencia, 46022, Spain

Abstract. Dams as well as protective dikes and levees are critical infrastructures whose associated risk must be properly managed in a continuous and updated process. Usually, dam safety management has been carried out assuming stationary climatic and non-climatic conditions. However, the projected alterations due to climate change are likely to affect different factors driving dam risk. Although some reference institutions develop guidance for including climate change in their decision support strategies, related information is still vast and scattered and its application to specific analyses such as dam safety assessments remains a challenge.

This article presents a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the impacts of climate change that could affect dam safety. The global effect can be assessed through the integration of the various projected effects acting on each aspect of the risk, from the input hydrology to the calculation of the consequences of the flood wave on population and assets at risk. This will provide useful information for dam owners and dam safety practitioners in their decision-making process.

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Climate change can affect the safety of water infrastructures such as dams. However, related information is vast and scattered, and the assessment of these impacts remains complex. This article seeks a multidisciplinary review of the potential impacts of climate change in every component of dam safety. This will provide useful information for dam owners and dam safety practitioners in their decision-making process.
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