Special Issue "A Lens in Focus on Cascading Impacts and Risk for Sustainable Flood and Water Resources Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adrian Almoradie
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of Bonn, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Interests: water resources and flood risk management; participatory approaches; multi-criteria decision methods; hydrology–hydrometry and 1D/2D hydrodynamics (pluvial and fluvial flooding); hydrologic and flood modelling; spatial data infrastructure and time series standards; hydroinformatics
Prof. Dr. Daniel Bachmann
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Guest Editor
Department of Water, Environment, Construction and Safety, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany
Interests: flood risk analysis; hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling; damage analysis; critical infrastructure; cascading disaster; reliability analysis of flood mitigation structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research on flood risk (FRM) and water resources management (WRM) have come a long way in past decades. From inter- and/or trans-disciplinary approaches, decision-makers have various options to address the different issues on these topics, from the investigation, analysis, and planning, to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions. The rapid expansion of urban areas, now with more inter-connectivity and dependency on their infrastructure, gives us a glimpse into the need to re-think our approaches to FRM and WRM. In-line with this, what is of interest is the investigation of the cascading impact on the system (society and infrastructure) caused by disasters, and climate and land-use change and management, to name a few.

In the context of FRM, examples are the cascading impact of floods on the critical infrastructures (CI), e.g., energy or water supply. CI’s are lifelines of society; their functionality can be partially or completely lost because of natural hazards such as flooding. The cascading failure can lead to trans-sectoral damage, and this can lead to negative consequences for the economy and population in the flooded area (direct damages) and beyond (indirect damages). In WRM, climate and land-use change can potentially have a cascading impact on the availability and use of water resources. This could potentially disrupt or alter, for example, water allocation, which may have a causal effect on biodiversity, livelihoods, and health, to mention a few.

This Special Issue aims to highlight innovative research on cascading impact of FRM and WRM for a more sustainable solution in an ever-changing urban environment. The research scope includes, but is not limited to, the cascading impacts on the risk, critical infrastructure, society, and the human–water system. Contributors to this Special Issue are invited to submit articles that carry out inter- and/or trans-disciplinary approaches in their research.

Dr. Adrian Almoradie
Prof. Dr. Daniel Bachmann
Guest Editors

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  • cascading disaster
  • cascading failure
  • critical infrastructure
  • indirect damages
  • risk

Published Papers

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