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Flash Floods: Forecasting and Warning

By: Kevin Sene (Author)

398 pages, 88 colour & 12 b/w illustrations, 43 tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2012 | #205853 | ISBN-13: 9789400751637
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About this book

Flash floods typically develop in a period a few hours or less and can arise from heavy rainfall and other causes, such as dam or flood defence breaches, and ice jam breaks. The rapid development, often associated with a high debris content, can present a considerable risk to people and property. Flash Floods: Forecasting and Warning describes recent developments in techniques for monitoring and forecasting the development of flash floods, and providing flood warnings. Topics which are discussed include rainfall and river monitoring, nowcasting, Numerical Weather Prediction, rainfall-runoff modelling, and approaches to the dissemination of flood warnings and provision of an emergency response.

Flash Floods: Forecasting and Warning is potentially useful on civil engineering, water resources, meteorology and hydrology courses (and for post graduate studies) but is primarily intended as a review of the topic for a wider audience.


Contents

Introduction
-Causes of flash flooding
-Flood risk management
-Flash Flood Warning Systems
-Organisational Issues
-Technological Developments
-Summary

Precipitation measurement
-Introduction
-Raingauges
-Weather radar
-Satellite precipitation estimates
-Multi-sensor precipitation estimates
-Summary

Catchment monitoring
-Introduction
-River monitoring
-Catchment conditions
-Observation networks
-Summary

Rainfall forecasting
-Introduction
-Flash flood climatology
-Forecasting techniques
-Operational Considerations
-Summary

Flood forecasting
-Introduction
-Forecasting techniques
-Operational Considerations
-Summary

Flood warning
-Introduction
-Flood warning procedures
-Warning dissemination
-Warning messages
-Decision support systems
-Summary

Preparedness
-Introduction
-Flood risk assessment
-Flood response plans
-Post-event reviews
-Performance monitoring
-Emergency response exercises
-Improvement plans
-Summary

Rivers
-Introduction
-Flood risk assessments
-Warning systems
-Complicating factors
-Summary

Debris flows
-Introduction
-Debris flow risk assessments
-Warning systems
-Summary

Urban flooding
-Introduction
-Flood risk assessments
-Warning systems
-Summary

Dams and levees
-Introduction
-Flood risk assessments
-Warning systems
-Summary

Research
-Introduction
-Monitoring
-Forecasting
-Flood warning
-Summary


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Biography

Kevin Sene is a civil engineer and researcher with wide experience in flood forecasting, water resources and hydrometeorological studies. He has published some 45 scientific and conference papers on topics in hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydraulics, and the books Flood Warning, Forecasting and Emergency Response (Springer, 2008) and Hydrometeorology: Forecasting and Applications (Springer, 2009)

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