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Volume 10, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2229–2234, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-10-2229-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: 11th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2229–2234, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-10-2229-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 03 Nov 2010

Research article | 03 Nov 2010

Increased risk of flooding on the coast of Alicante (Region of Valencia, Spain)

J. Olcina Cantos, M. Hernández Hernández, A. M. Rico Amorós, and E. Martínez Ibarra J. Olcina Cantos et al.
  • Inter-University Institute of Geography, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Abstract. In the past two decades, episodes of flooding on the coast of Alicante (Spain) have led to substantial losses in human life in economic terms. With increased exposure to these phenomena comes also increased vulnerability. Given the various effects of flooding in areas of similar exposure, differences in vulnerability across regions at risk need to be analysed also in terms of the socioeconomic factors of the groups of society that may be affected, and of their perception of risk. This paper studies the increased risk of flooding in three locations on the Alicante coast as a result of urban occupation of areas subject to this hazard. The consequences of the most recent episodes in this area are analysed and a risk assessment, using survey-based research in the affected areas, is performed.

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