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12 May 2016
 | 12 May 2016

Effects of anthropogenic land-subsidence on inundation dynamics: the case study of Ravenna, Italy

Francesca Carisi, Alessio Domeneghetti, and Attilio Castellarin


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Short summary
Can differential land-subsidence significantly alter river flooding dynamics, and thus flood risk in flood prone areas? In the area around Ravenna, in Italy, that experimented a cumulative drop of more than 1.5 m after World War II due to groundwater pumping and gas production platforms, we compared the actual effects on flood-hazard dynamics of differential land-subsidence relative to those associated with other man-made topographic alterations, which proved to be much more significant.