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Title: Adapting flood preparedness tools to changing flood risk conditions: The situation in Poland
Authors: Kundzewicz, Z.W.
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Issue Date: 2014
Published in: Oceanologia Vol. 56 (2014), No. 2
Publisher: Sopot : Polish Academy of Sciences
Abstract: Flooding is the most destructive natural hazard in the Baltic Sea Basin in general and in Poland in particular. The notion includes floods from rivers and mountain torrents, as well as floods from sea surges in coastal areas, and floods from sewage systems. There have been several large floods in Poland in the last century and in recent decades, with damage exceeding 1% of the Polish GDP. The spatial and temporal characteristics of the flood risk in Poland are reviewed and observations and projections of changes in the flood hazard in the country are discussed. Furthermore, flood defences and flood preparedness systems in Poland are examined, with particular reference to the European Union (EU) Floods Directive, which is being implemented in Poland, an EU country. Finally, the public debate on flood risk and flood preparedness is reviewed.
Keywords: Adaptation; Floods; Natural hazards; Poland; Risk; adaptive management; European Union; flood; hazard assessment; hazard management; risk assessment; Atlantic Ocean; Baltic Sea; Poland
DDC: 550
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Unported
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