ESR 15

ESR 15 - Socio-hydrology: understanding the generic behaviour of coupled human-flood systems at the centennial scale

Marlies Barendrecht

Marlies Barendrecht, home country  The Netherlands

Host Institute: Vienna University of Technology

Contact details:
Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management
Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz 13/222
A-1040 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 158 801 406 652


Development of generic models for understanding the coupled dynamics of flood processes and human activities at the centennial scale. While the interactions of receptors and consequences always depend on the local characteristics, it is also of interest to obtain a more generalised understanding of the coupled system dynamics. There is a new field of enquiry, termed sociohydrology, where the interest resides in exploring generalised relationships. The feasibility of this general approach has already been demonstrated for a number of simplified systems. In this project, the idea will be adopted to studying the interactions of floods and human dynamics from a long-term perspective. Typical situations of damages and response measures within the framework of the “disaster cycle” will be defined. These will be used as a starting point for developing a generic dynamic model (methodological links to ESR5 and ESR12) to represent the human-flood interactions in the phases of the disaster cycle for specific system characteristics.

Barendrecht, M. H., Viglione, A. and Blöschl, G.: A dynamic framework for flood risk, Water Security, 1, 3–11, doi:10.1016/j.wasec.2017.02.001, 2017.