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Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1921–1931, 2015

Special issue: Climate change, extreme events and hazards in the Mediterranean...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1921–1931, 2015

Research article 26 Aug 2015

Research article | 26 Aug 2015

Continental Portuguese Territory Flood Social Susceptibility Index

N. Grosso et al.

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The combination of human exposure, extreme weather events and lack of adaptation strategies to cope with flood-related impacts can potentially increase losses not only on infrastructure but also on human lives. The main objective of this work was to develop a flood social susceptibility index for the continental Portuguese territory. The main results showed that the proposed index correctly identified populations less prepared to avoid flood effects or able to cope with them.
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