The importance of including compound events in the implementation of the Floods Directive
The phenomenon known as compound flooding, caused by
the coincident occurrence of multiple flood drivers such as
high precipitation events, storm surges or high runoff rates,
has caused some of the most destructive flooding in Europe.
To date, however, the compounding nature of multiple drivers
has not been given sufficient consideration in current flood
hazard and risk scenarios developed, for example, in the
context of the Floods Directive. This may lead to a biased
assessment of flood risk, both for current and future climate
van den Hurk, Bart; Wijngaard, Janet
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