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Special Issue "Hydrometeorological Risk Assessment for Sustainable Urban Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Hazards and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2024 | Viewed by 129

Special Issue Editors

Research Fellow, DICEAM Department, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: risk assessment and management in coastal, river and urban area; flash floods in urban areas; river and coastal dynamics
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DICEAM Department, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Via Graziella loc. Feo di Vito, 89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: coastal and river dynamics; coastal and river structures; hydraulics; hydrology
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Department of Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) Escola Politécnica Athos da Silveira Ramos Avenue, 149, CT - Block A, 2º floor Cidade Universitária, Rio de Janeiro 21941-909, Brazil
Interests: sustainable urban drainage; nature-based solutions; blue-green infrastructure; urban floods; urban flood risk and resilience; urban flood modeling; hydraulic engineering; hydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural hazards can be classified into several broad categories: geological hazards, hydrological hazards, meteorological hazards, and biological hazards. Among these, hydrometeorological hazards are of atmospheric, hydrological, or oceanographic origin. Examples are tropical cyclones (such as typhoons and hurricanes); floods, including flash floods; sea storms; drought; heatwaves; and cold spells.

Hydrometeorological risk is the probability of damage due to hydrometeorological hazards and their interplay with the exposure and vulnerability of affected humans and environments. Some main reasons for such risks are climate change, land use change, water use change, and other pressures linked to population growth. Therefore, understanding the processes that generate hydrometeorological phenomena, and their modeling, are significant factors in the risk assessment phase and the choice and design phases of adequate and sustainable mitigation measures such as best management practices (BMPs), low impact development (LID), and nature-based solutions (Nbs), among other concepts.

Generally, a risk assessment is a process to determine the nature and extent of risk by also integrating the likelihood of events. This is conducted by analyzing the potential frequency of hazard events and evaluating the vulnerability conditions of exposed socioeconomic systems that together could potentially harm people, assets, and the environment. A risk assessment can be qualitative or quantitative. A quantitative risk assessment is one that uses a measurable, objective hazard, exposure/vulnerability, and likelihood to calculate risks and consequences (i.e., damages or losses). The quantification of risk, although at times cumbersome, provides invaluable information for risk reduction providing robust, transparent data for planning and decision making. So, quantitative risk assessment is a crucial practice for risk management.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Natural hazards.
  • Hydrometeorological.
  • Hydrometeorological risk assessment.
  • The impact of climate change.
  • The impact of anthropogenic pressure.
  • Innovations on hydrometeorological phenomena forecast.
  • Innovations on hydrometeorological phenomena modeling.
  • Model calibration and validation strategies.
  • Uncertainty quantification.
  • Application of modeling to support decision making.
  • Integration of remote sensing.
  • Sustainable mitigation measures.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Giandomenico Foti
Dr. Giuseppe Barbaro
Dr. Marcelo Miguez
Guest Editors

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  • natural hazard
  • hydrometeorological phenomena
  • risk assessment
  • climate change
  • anthropogenic pressure
  • sustainable mitigation measures
  • remote sensing
  • forecast
  • modeling

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