Spatial Planning Measures for the Enhancement of Urban Resilience Against Flooding Risk

Conference paper


Flooding is one of the main risks associated to many urban settlements in Spain and, indeed, elsewhere. The location of cities has traditionally ignored this type of risk as other locational criteria prevailed (communications, crop yields, etc.). Defence engineering has been the customary way to offset the risk but, nowadays, the opportunity costs of engineering works in urban areas has highlighted the interest of “soft measures” based on prevention. Early warning systems plus development planning controls rank among the most favoured ones. This paper reflects the results of a recent EU-financed research project on alternative measures geared to the enhancement of urban resilience against flooding. A city study in Spain is used as example of those measures.


Spatial planning Urban resilience Flooding risk 


  1. EU (2007) DIRECTIVE 2007/60/EC of the European parliament and of the council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks (O.J. 6 November 2007)Google Scholar
  2. Patrimonio de la Comunidad Valenciana (PATRICOVA) (2003) “Plan de Acción Territorial de carácter sectorial sobre Riesgo de Inundación en la Comunidad VAlenciana”. D.O. 4429 de 30 de Enero de 2003Google Scholar
  3. Real Decreto 903 (2010) de 9 de julio, de evaluación y gestión de riesgos de inundación. Boletin Oficial del Estado de 15 de Julio de 2010Google Scholar
  4. SMARTesT (2009) Smart technology, systems and tools for flood management. Funding scheme: FP7: ENV.2009. Technologies for improved safety of the built environment in relation to flood events.

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad PolitecnicaMadridSpain

Personalised recommendations