Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Brenden Jongman

Date: 03 February 2015
Time: 11:45 - 13:15
Location: Aula VU, De Boelelaan 1085, Amsterdam

Dissertation title: 

Unravelling the drivers of flood risk across spatial scales

Group: VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
Promotors: Prof.dr. J.C.J.H. Aerts
Copromotor: Dr. P.J. Ward


Each year, flooding of river systems causes widespread economic losses and numerous fatalities around the world. To reduce flood risk, risk management strategies are required from local to global scales. For steering effective risk management strategies, it is essential to understand the drivers of flood risk, historical trends in these drivers and possible future developments in risk. Considering that flood risk is increasing due to socioeconomic growth and may further rise under climate change, and given that global political and economic systems are becoming increasingly interconnected, the comprehensive assessment of flood risk across all spatial scales is crucial for developing effective risk reduction pathways. The main objective of this thesis is, therefore, to quantify trends and patterns in flood risk across different spatial scales, and to assess the opportunities for adaptation to current and future risks. Evidence is presented from case-studies in the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Europe, Uganda and on a global scale, that gives more insight in the socioeconomic and climatic drivers of flood risk, and suggests pathways to effective adaptation for the increasing risks.