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Title: Climate change impact on flood hazard in a central Portugal alluvial plain
Authors: Mourato, Sandra
Fernandez, Paulo
Gomes Pereira, Luísa
Moreira, Madalena
Andrade, C
Keywords: Climate change,
flood hazard
hydraulic modelling
hydrological modelling
Issue Date: Aug-2018
Publisher: The International society for optics and photonics
Citation: Sandra Mourato, Paulo Fernandez, Luísa Pereira, Madalena Moreira, Cristina Andrade, "Climate change impact on flood hazard in a central Portugal alluvial plain", Proc. SPIE 10773, Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2018), 107731K (6 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326061;
Abstract: Paper Abstract This paper presents the flood hazard projections under climate change scenarios, for a period between 2021 and 2050, in the Lis river alluvial plain located at the Centre of Portugal. Furthermore, the paper also aim at understanding the hydrological processes in the study area by coupling a hydrological (HEC – HMS) and hydrodynamic model (HEC – RAS). The Lis river basin is becoming more favourable to the production of high water flows, due to the increase of impervious areas and deforestation which have reduced the time concentration on the river basin, empowering flood events with high flood peaks and water flood levels with serious consequences for the facilities (pumping stations, centre pivots) and infrastructures (irrigation networks and roads) in the alluvial plain. The methodology was developed using the daily outputs of the ALADIN and HIRHAM from the EURO-CORDEX project with a 12.5 km horizontal resolution for the RCP4.5 scenario and coupled calibrated hydrological– hydrodynamic models. The results indicated that the annual rainfall would vary for the ALADIN model between a decrease of -24% and an increase of 22% and for the HIRHAM model between a decrease of -85% and an increase of 24%. The results also projected increases in higher runoffs and water level under future climate change scenarios. The HIRHAM model was considered unsuitable for flood impact assessment.
Type: article
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