Impacts of urban development and climate change in exposing cities to pluvial flooding

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    Urban areas are characterized by very high concentrations of people and economic activities and are thus particularly vulnerable to flooding dur
    ing extreme precipitation. Urban development and climate change are among the key drivers of changes in the exposure of cities to the occurrence and impacts of pluvial flooding. Cities are often dominated by large areas of impervious surfaces, that is, man-made sealed surfaces which water cannot penetrate, and increases in these – for example, as a consequence of urban development – can cause elevated run-off volumes and flood levels during precipitation. Climate change is expected to affect the intensity and frequency of extreme precipitation, with increases projected for many regions, including
    most parts of Europe.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
    Number of pages48
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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