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Flood Risk in the Upper Vistula Basin

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
  • Markus Stoffel
  • Tadeusz Niedźwiedź
  • Bartłomiej Wyżga


  • Multidisciplinary work on the entirety of flood issues in the Lower Vistula Basin

  • Covers climatology, geomorphology, hydrology and management aspects

  • Considers multiple factors influencing flood risk


Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joanna Pociask-Karteczka
      Pages 3-21
    3. Markus Stoffel, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Juan Antonio Ballesteros-Cánovas, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
      Pages 23-37
    4. Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Markus Stoffel
      Pages 39-52
  3. Factors Influencing Flood Risk (80)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Bartłomiej Wyżga, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Joanna Zawiejska
      Pages 55-75
    3. Paweł Mikuś, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Joanna Zawiejska, Ryszard J. Kaczka, Markus Stoffel
      Pages 77-101
    4. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Joanna Zawiejska, Paweł Mikuś, Hanna Hajdukiewicz, Maciej Hajdukiewicz et al.
      Pages 103-125
    5. Artur Radecki-Pawlik, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Wiktoria Czech, Paweł Mikuś, Joanna Zawiejska, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva
      Pages 127-151
  4. Deciphering Changes in Observation Records

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Ewa Łupikasza, Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Iwona Pinskwar, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
      Pages 155-187
    3. Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Ewa Łupikasza
      Pages 189-208
    4. Ryszard J. Kaczka, Barbara Spyt, Karolina Janecka, Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Zdzisław Bednarz
      Pages 209-229
    5. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Tadeusz Niedźwiedź, Ewa Łupikasza, Markus Stoffel
      Pages 231-256
    6. Juan Ballesteros-Cánovas, Barbara Spyt, Karolina Janecka, Ryszard J. Kaczka, Markus Stoffel
      Pages 257-277
    7. Elżbieta Nachlik, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
      Pages 279-292
  5. Projections and Adaptation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Iwona Pinskwar, Adam Chorynski, Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva
      Pages 311-329

About this book


This pioneering book addresses the entirety of river flooding issues in the Upper Vistula Basin, where considerable flood generation potential exists. It analyses the factors influencing flood risk, investigates variations in observation records and discusses projections for the future and adaptation to changing risk. It serves the general interest in understanding the floods that cause massive destruction in Europe, with dozens of fatalities and tremendous material damages. This interdisciplinary book, which covers aspects of climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, and water and flood risk management, unveils the complexity of the current situation. Access to reliable and accurate information can help solve important practical problems related to flood risk reduction strategies, and is at the core of the EU Floods Directive. As such, the book offers a valuable resource for scientists, educators and practitioners involved in water management, natural disaster reduction and adaptation to climate change.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
    • 1
  • Markus Stoffel
    • 2
  • Tadeusz Niedźwiedź
    • 3
  • Bartłomiej Wyżga
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Climate and Water ResourceInst. for Agric. and Forest EnvironPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Inst of Geological SciUniversity of BerneGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Depat of Climatology, Faculty of Earth SciencesUniversity of Silesia in KatowiceKatowicePoland
  4. 4.Polish Academy of SciencesInstitute of Nature ConservationCracowPoland

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“I enjoyed reading Flood Risk in the Upper Vistula Basin. … the editors made a strong effort to organize the 4 major sections into coherent themes that cover a range of flood-relevant issues. … There is also a comprehensive and well-written introduction to the region, describing its history, culture, and geography. … The availability of this book in English will enable comparative studies with floods in other mountainous regions.” (Witold Krajewski, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 37 (4), November, 2017)