Podcast: Cost of flooding could double by 2050

PODCAST - 03 March 2014 Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler


IIASA researcher Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler spoke to Vienna radio show FM4: Reality Check about a new study showing that costs from floods in Europe are likely to drastically increase by 2050. 

Download Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler on Radio FM4 [mp3, 1,505.9 kb]

Current flood losses in Europe are likely to double by 2050, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by Hochrainer-Stigler and colleagues at IIASA and  other European research centers. Socioeconomic growth accounts for about two-thirds of the increased risk, as development leads to more buildings and infrastructure that could be damaged in a flood. The other third of the increase comes from climate change, which is projected to change rainfall patterns in Europe. Read more>>

About the speaker

Stefan Hochrainer has been a Research Scholar with the Risk and Vulnerability Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and a Lecturer at the University of Vienna since 2006. His main research interests include risk management of extreme events such as natural disasters in developing countries, statistical (stochastic) modeling of rare events, extreme value theory and econometrics as well as multivariate analysis. More>>


Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler

Senior Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

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Reinhard Mechler

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European flood risk could double by 2050

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