Flood and climate related risk

Teaching Team

  • David Consuegra (Hydrology) - MODULE RESPONSIBLE
  • Lionel Fontannaz (Meteorology)
  • Stéphane Goyette (Climatology)
  • Robert Nicholls (Sea level rise)
  • Markus Stoffel (Climate related issues)


About the flood and climate related risk module

The first part of the training on Hydro-Meteorological phenomena is dedicated to the key mechanisms underlying the climate system and the anthropogenic climate changes and to the descriptions of extreme climatic events that can impact upon geologic and geomorphologic systems.

The second part of this module will provide basic understanding of phenomena related to flood risk assessment and a basis for judgment and interpretation of flood risk assessment issues. It will promote students' judgment of the analysis and synthesis of case studies and basic understanding of flood risk assessment techniques. In addition, this part of the module will provide candidates with scientific knowledge that can be directly applied to their home countries and to their local realities. Rather than looking for personalized solutions, the candidates will have access to a broad catalog of techniques and experiences for them to evaluate and analyze in the perspective of local applications.

The following aspects will be covered:

  • Climate systems
  • Extreme climatic events
  • Meteorological processes generating flood hazard
  • Hydrological processes generating flood hazard. Extreme floods
  • Hydraulic processes generating flood hazard
  • Flood hazard maps delineation
  • Impacts of flood control measures
  • Negotiation and decision making
  • Debris flows


At the end of this course, students will be able to

  • Develop a basic understanding of the cliamte system
  • Develop a basic understanding of flood risk assessment issues
  • Have a basic understanding of field concepts
  • Promote application of flood delineation techniques in the student’s home countries
  • Organize and supervise flood-control studies

Associated Field Trip

The field trip takes place at the "Les Diablerets" together with the part on landslides. Go to the Landslide risk page for more information.


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