Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 5 pp 1233-1236 | Cite as
Spatial Planning Measures for the Enhancement of Urban Resilience Against Flooding Risk
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.
KeywordsSpatial planning Urban resilience Flooding risk
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