Growing frequency of floods in Europe and the world

Growing frequency of floods in Europe and the world

Weak Signal's progress: fully-fledged

This Weak Signal came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Weak Signal: 
Theme 6 - Environment (including Climate Change)

The sub-theme that best relates to this Weak Signal: 
Natural hazards

When did the Weak Signal manifest ? 
2005-now

Weak Signal's description 
The number of flooding events in Europe and the world has doubled since 2005 (when 50 severe events were reported). The figure increased in 2006 (67 floods), 2007 (73 floods), 2008 (77 floods) and 2009 (88 floods). However, 2010 was a year of unprecedented flooding events (108) with nineteen of these seriously affecting Central Europe (Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Poland), Southern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Eastern Europe (Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia). Such flooding events highlight the inter-dependency of stakeholders in a water catchment area, and the different organizations involved. They also highlight the role of human error and moral hazard in warning, prevention, adaptation, insurance and post-event strategy.