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Tuesday 14 May 2019Floodproofing techniques for risk mitigation in urban area

Prof Giuseppe Aronica - University of Messina

Harrison 170 15:30-16:30


The new policy of flood risk management is to give more attention to non-structural measures, allowing people to “live with floods” rather than “fight floods”. Flood proofing is defined as combination of structural and non-structural changes, or adjustments made in the building that reduces or prevents flood damage to the structure and/or its contents. It can also be stated as any structural or non-structural measures intended to prevent damage from flooding to a building. To protect existing buildings there are two main mitigation strategies: dry proofing and wet proofing. One measure of dry proofing is the shielding, consisting in the use of flood barriers, which can be installed at the entrance of the buildings or at a certain distance from them (including the placing along the banks or crossing a street). These flood protection structures are easier and faster to install rather than sandbags. The talk will also deal with a practical application of these kind of measure by showing the results for a case study in the city of Barcellona, Sicily, Italy which is crossed by a river and suffered a severe inundation in November 2011.


Full Professor of River Basin Management and Hydraulic Works at Dept. of Engineering, University of Messina from January 2018.

Ph.D. Hydraulic Engineering, Universities of Naples, 1996.

M.Sc. Hydraulic Engineering, University of Palermo, 1991.

Postdoctoral research assistant (1998-2000) at University of Palermo (Italy).

Visiting researcher at School of Geographical Sciences - Bristol University (UK) in 2000 and 2001.

Visiting researcher at Department of Environmental Science - Lancaster University in 1996 and 1997.


Author and co-author of more than 120 papers published in referred Italian and International scientific journals and symposium proceedings. His research activities are related to flood risk management and flood defence design, flood propagation modelling, flash floods and debris flows, flood vulnerability and damage evaluation, pluvial flooding, sustainable urban drainage systems, flood early warning.

Co-Editor of the book "Global Flood Hazard and Risk - Applications in modelling, mapping and forecasting", published by da AGU-WILEY a.

Guest Editor of Journal Special Issues: "Flood risk and uncertainty", Hydrological Processes, 2013; "Hydrology in Urban Environment", Hydrological Processes, 2005; “Innovative Aspects in Flood Risk Evaluation, Mapping and Communication”, Water, 2017, “Hydro-related hazardous events and their consequences in the Mediterranean area: knowledge management adaptation”, ADGEO, 2017.

Chair of Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at University of Messina.

Erasmus responsible for the School of Engineering at University of Messina.

Member of BHS (British Hydrological Society).

Member of IAHS (International Association for Hydrological Sciences).

Member of IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research).

Member of EGU (European Geosciences Union).

Co-founder of S.I.I. (Italian Hydrological Society).

Member of A.I.I. (Associazione Idrotecnica Italiana).

Member of IAHR Urban Flood Modelling and Risk Management Working Group (UFMRM WG).

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