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HydroHazards

What risks can cascade from multiple hydro-meteorological hazards in Sweden and how will climate change alter the risk of disastrous domino effects? What are the implications for infrastructure and social groups and what measures are needed to reduce vulnerabilities?

The Managing vulnerabilities to multiple water hazards in Sweden (HydroHazards) project evaluates the damage that may be caused by multiple water hazards and provides policy recommendations and actions for mitigation and adaptation.

Active project

2020–2025

Flooded cars in Malmö, Sweden.

Several cars were trapped under a bridge during heavy rain in Malmö, Sweden.
Photo: Magnus Linner / iStock / Getty Images.

Impacts from multiple hazards are expected to grow with increased dependency on and vulnerability of Critical Societal Services and Infrastructure (CSSIs). Despite this, risk analyses usually study the likelihood of single events and their impacts but fail to consider the web of connections between them.

While the stable welfare society in Sweden and the Nordic countries in general, makes them among the least vulnerable societies in the world, the challenge is whether existing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) arrangements can react to changes in society, the economy, and the physical environment due to drivers such as climate change or infrastructure development.

HydroHazards will contribute to Swedish DRR policies and practices with a specific focus on the management of multiple water hazards and potential mitigation and adaptation strategies. The project will examine how exposure and vulnerability to multiple water hazards lead to different types of cumulative and interactive impacts on CSSIs and populations. As such, the project not only strongly relates to, but also complements, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s work by investigating multiple water hazards.

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Karina Barquet
Karina Barquet

Team Leader: Water, Coasts and Ocean; Senior Research Fellow

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Faisal Ashraf
Faisal Bin Ashraf

Research Fellow

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Katarina Inga
Katarina Inga

Research Associate

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Karin André
Karin André

Team Leader: Cities, Communities and Consumption; Senior Research Fellow

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Marlon Vieira Passos
Marlon Vieira Passos

Research Associate

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Mathilda Englund
Mathilda Englund

Research Associate

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Sara Talebian
Sara Talebian

Research Fellow

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