Judged by number and economic loss, at present, flood disasters already account for about a third of all natural disasters world-wide. Apart from that, they are also responsible for over half the deaths. When looking ahead, it is expected that floods only increase in severity in many parts of the world due to climate variability. In direct relation to the mitigation of the risks involved with flooding, river basin management is an increasingly important issue for authorities in many countries. At present, the European Water Framework Directive is only one example of the new demands being placed upon environmental authorities responsible for river and inland waterways. Apart from the demands, the variety and extent of the issues involved are considerable, ranging from flooding (protection of life, property and infrastructure), water resources (quality and quantity), pollution (water treatment and waste disposal), and environmental measures (river restoration, wetlands, sustainable floodplain development) to land use implications (drainage requirements, soil loss, morphological. "River Basin Modelling for Flood Risk Mitigation" covers many aspects involved with river basin management in 30 edited lectures that were given by leading experts during a European Union sponsored Advanced Study Course at the University of Birmingham. Topics addressed in this book include: a perspective on flooding, the influence of climate change, hydro-informatics, hydro-meteorology, rainfall forecasting techniques, rainfall-runoff models, river flow forecasting systems, flood management and decision support systems, river flood hydraulics, numerical methods for shallow water equations, sediment and debris modelling, dam-break modelling, risk and uncertainty issues in flood management, social and economic impacts of floods, and developments in flood forecasting and warning systems. This broad but integrated scope provides an attractive overview to researchers and professionals world-wide working in the field of flood risk management and other hydrological issues. This work is also intended as a sound introduction to river basin management for (post)graduate university students in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Geography.
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