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Recent floods in the Middle Ebro River, Spain: hydrometeorological aspects and floodplain management [Discussion paper]
Title: Recent floods in the Middle Ebro River, Spain: hydrometeorological aspects and floodplain management [Discussion paper]
Authors: Domenech, SergioEspejo Gil, FranciscoAutor AEMETOllero, AlfredoSánchez Fabre, Miguel
Keywords: Flooding processes; Trends; Floodplain management; Risk management; Hydrometeorological aspects
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: European Geosciences Union
Citation: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 2009
Publisher version: https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hessd-6-5937-2009
Abstract: The Ebro River has the largest Mediterranean basin in the Iberian Peninsula and the third one by surface among those of the Mediterranean Sea. The middle stretch of this river is especially interesting because it constitutes a very economically important axis of population in a semi-arid environment context. Flooding processes are common in the Middle Ebro River, but the combination among decrease of discharges, dam construction and expansion and reinforcement of defences created an unusually quiet period as regards flooding events during the last quarter of the previous century. Nevertheless, with the turn of the century it seems that the Middle Ebro River has entered into new dynamics, with bigger and more frequent floods, the appearance of which has changed its seasonal nature. The most relevant examples are those of February 2003 and March–April 2007. The present paper examines these recent trends and discusses their possible causes from the points of view of hydro-meteorology, flood management through the use of reservoirs, and floodplain management. The consequences of recent floods in the Middle Ebro River have reopened the debate about possible risk management measures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11765/7625
ISSN: 1812-2108
1812-2116
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