We have a pleasure to invite you for a talk of Dr Anna SERRA LLOBET (Director, Sustainable Floodplains Project, Institute of International Studies, University of California Berkeley), the OT-Med/IMéRA fellow from 11 September 2017 to 13 July 2018. The title of the talk is:

« In harm’s way : how the US and France got into the loop »

and will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11 h in the room 205 of CEREGE, Europôle Méditerranéen de l'Arbois, rue Louis Philibert, Aix-en-Provence, France.


During the second half of the 20th century, physical exposure to the risk of flooding has increased dramatically in the US and in the EU, mainly because of the occupation and transformation of flood-prone land. However, this trend has been attenuated by a greater social capacity to absorb losses and by the increased effectiveness of flood management measures. Unfortunately, technological improvements in hydraulic infrastructures have also fostered the notion that people can be completely safe from flood risks. This has resulted in some people abrogating responsibility for their individual actions or for taking steps to lessen residual risk, having catastrophic consequences such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 or Hurricane Xynthia in La Faute-sur-Mer, France, in 2010. Taking examples from the US and France this presentation will open the debate on what is the right set of measures to manage flood risk and it will focus on the importance of land use management.