Assessing trends in insured losses from floods in Spain 1971–2008


Economic impacts from floods have been increasing over recent decades, a fact often attributed to a changing climate. On the other hand, there is now a significant body of scientific scholarship all pointing towards increasing concentrations and values of assets as the principle cause of the increasing cost of natural disasters. This holds true for a variety of perils and across different jurisdictions. With this in mind, this paper examines the time history of insured losses from floods in Spain between 1971 and 2008. It assesses whether any discernible residual signal remains after adjusting the data for the increase in the number and value of insured assets over this period of time. Data on insured losses from floods were sourced from Consorcio de Compensación de Seguros (CCS). Although a public institution, CCS compensates Leer más de esta entrada

‘La Cimera de Rio + 20: desafiaments, perspectives i reptes’

‘La Cimera de Rio + 20: desafiaments, perspectives i reptes’, organitzat  pel Fòrum UBUNTU en col·laboració amb el Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya, al voltant de la propera Conferència de Nacions Unides sobre Desenvolupament Sostenible que es celebrarà aquest mes de juny a Rio de Janeiro (Brasil). L’acte es durà a terme el proper dilluns 21 de maig a les 18:30h al CCCB, al c. Montalegre, 5 de Barcelona.

A l’acte hi participaran en Lluís Recoder, conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya; en Federico Mayor Zaragoza, president del Fòrum UBUNTU i de la Fundació Cultura de Pau; Aniol Esteban, cap d’Economia Ambiental de la New Economics Foundation; Cristina Ribas, presidenta de l’Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica i en Manuel Manonelles, director del Fòrum UBUNTU.

L’acte compta també amb el suport de l’Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament.

DRIHM (Distributed Research Infrastructure for HydroMeteorology)

Predicting weather and climate and its impacts on the environment, including hazards such as floods and landslides, is still one of the main challenges of the 21st century with significant societal and economic implications. At the heart of this challenge lies the ability to have easy access to hydrometeorological data and models, and facilitate the collaboration between meteorologists, hydrologists, and Earth science experts for accelerated scientific advances in hydrometeorological research (HMR). Leer más de esta entrada