PhD position at ENIT (Tarbes) and IMFT (Toulouse): Impact model for the evaluation of the flooding risk.

Context and objectives:

The term “flash flood” refers to sudden floods having high peak discharges in a short response time. They result from a combination of meteorological and hydrological factors. Intense storm events delivering high amounts of rain water appear to be the first condition for flash flooding to be initiated. Watershed characteristics such as small catchments (under 500 km2 ) or steep slopes are associated with short and rapid flood timing. Flash floods are one of the most destructive hazards in the Mediterranean region and have caused casualties and billions of euros of damages in France over the last two decades. The recent case of June 2013 occurred in the Pyrenees killed 2 people and resulted in thousands of victims. The damages were estimated at about 134 million euros. The contrasted topography, the complexity of the continental surfaces in terms of geology and land use, the difficulty to characterize the initial moisture state of the catchments make these extreme events very difficult to assess and predict. The proposed PhD will aim at improving the understanding of the hydrological response by contemporary use of empirical and analytical (or rainfall-runoff) modelling. The ambition is to develop an operational methodology for the anticipation of the risk of inundation. The work will include an inter-comparison of models dedicated to flash flood prediction and allowing the characterization of the resulting risk. The proposed work will therefore contribute to the building of a relevant methodology of risk evaluation for a better protection of the population. The long-standing collaboration between the IMFT and the SCHAPI2 will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the appropriate operational services. Leer más de esta entrada


Organization: IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability

Date and place: November 18-21, 2014, Madrid, Spain

Deadlines: October 15

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The goal of the conference

We propose the theme of IMPROVING GEOPHYSICAL RISK ASSESSMENT, FORECASTING, AND MANAGEMENT as the main goal of the conference. What is the essential knowledge-based on Geophysical Risks that scientist, administrators, politicians, economists, emergency managers, citizens, require for sustainable development and for preparedness and emergency management in future crises? There is a growing need to combine natural risks forecasting and assessment techniques to improve the information that officials involved with early warning and management of crises require in order to answer efficiently when they face an emergency. Modern society is making a considerable effort to improve our knowledge of the dynamics of natural systems and their associated hazards, as well as on promoting technological development addressed to early warning and monitoring of natural disasters. However, the integration of scientific and technological achievements into products with a direct applicability to Society has not always been reached. Moreover, natural disasters have been treated separately not only for what concerns to their dynamics, but also with regard to their corresponding forecasting and assessing technologies, when most of them are common or show significant similarities. Therefore, it is easy to assume that a comparison between the scientific and technological research carried out on the different natural hazards, as well as a joint effort of the scientists and technologists who work on assessment and mitigation of natural disasters, would imply considerable social benefits. Consequently, accurate assessment and mitigation programmes, as well as the development of effective tools for management of crisis are necessary to reduce risk and to promote sustainable development.

The conference will analyse the state of the art of relevant aspects in geophysical risk assessment and management, such as modelling and monitoring of hazardous phenomena, hazard assessment methods, quantification of uncertainty in forecasting geophysical hazards, decision making models, communication protocols among the different stakeholders involved in managing geophysical risks, vulnerability assessment methodologies, or education about geophysical risk.


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Participació de la Dra. Carme Llasat a la Jornada Parlamentària europea al RECERCAT

El Butlletí electrònic de la recerca a Catalunya RECERCAT de la Generalitat de Catalunya ha publicat una notícia sobre la participació de la Dra. Carme Llasat a la Jornada Parlamentària europea The Changing Mountains of Europe: Water Resources and Ecosystems at Risk, que va tenir lloc l’octubre passat dins del Science Briefing for Policy Makers, organitzada per la European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) i dirigida a eurodiputats i membres de la Comissió Europea.

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