Impact of flood disasters on Taiwan in the last quarter century
Chen, Albert S.
The increasing natural disasters, especially floods during the last quarter century, are raising the economic losses in Taiwan. The most severe hazard in Taiwan is flooding induced by typhoons and storms in summer and autumn. By comparing the rivers around the world, the ones in Taiwan have the steepest slopes, the largest discharge per unit drainage area, and the shortest time of concentrations. Rapid urbanization without proper land uses managements usually worsen the flood problems. Consequently, flood hazards mitigation has become the most essential task for Taiwan to deal with. Although the government keeps improving flood defense structures, the flood damage grows continuously. In this article, possible flood mitigation strategies are identified for coping with complex environmental and social decisions with flood risk involved.
National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction
National Science Council, ROC
Copyright © Springer 2006. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-005-4667-7
Vol. 37 (1-2), pp. 191 - 207