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Flood Risk Management - MZ330P134
Title: Flood Risk Management
Czech title: Povodně v krajině
Guaranteed by: Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology (31-330)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 40
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Explanation: nahrazuje MZ330P33
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Jakub Langhammer, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): RNDr. Jan Daňhelka, Ph.D.
RNDr. Filip Hartvich, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Bohumír Janský, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Michal Jeníček, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Kliment, CSc.
prof. RNDr. Jakub Langhammer, Ph.D.
RNDr. Tomáš Matějček, Ph.D.
RNDr. Mgr. Tomáš Vlasák, Ph.D.
Class: Hydroklimatologická terénní laboratoř
Pracovní stanice pro UAV - integrovaný vícekanálov
Pracovní stanice pro UAV - Pracovní stanice pro 3D
Mobilní stanice pro měření teploty a vlhkosti půdy
Původní předmět
Incompatibility : MZ330P33
In this course, the students will get familiar with the recent approaches to flood risk assessment and with the
approaches to flood protection, control, and mitigation.

The students will get a comprehensive overview of the basic concepts of flood risk and detailed insight into its key
components – hazard, exposure, and vulnerability. The course will provide information on the methods of analysis
of the flood events and flood forecasting, and simulation of flood events. There are discussed recent concepts of
integrated flood protection, aimed at designing efficient flood protection measures with respect to the specific
requirements of a given environment with a focus on the retention potential of the landscape and the impact of
stream regulations and floodplain modifications on the flood course and consequences. Special focus is paid to
the management of the flood risk in urbanized areas and to the applicable tools for flood forecasting, flood
protection in the urban areas, and the methods of assessment and modeling of the economic damage of

The theoretical lectures will be completed with a workshop, aimed at discussing the approaches to
flood risk management on the examples, taken from the management of the flood risk during the recent extreme
flood events.

A basic background in physical geography, surface water hydrology, or meteorology is necessary to understand the concepts of hydrological extremes and how to mitigate their effects. This lecture is not intended for students who have not taken such introductory courses, at least in a basic form.
Last update: Langhammer Jakub, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (02.04.2024)

Recommended papers in relevant hydrological journals, i.e.:

Journal of Hydrology

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Journal of Flood Risk Management

Water Resources Research

Advances in Water Resources

Hydrological Processes

Water Resources Management


Last update: Langhammer Jakub, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (06.09.2021)
Requirements to the exam

The examination consist of (i) an essay, (ii) a presentation, and (iii) a test.

(i) The essay is prepared on the topic assigned by the course guarantor. Essays are based on cooperation in mini-teams of 2-3 students and are delivered as review papers, ca. 10 pages long. 

(ii) The findings from essays are presented and discussed in the closing workshop of the course. 

(iii) The written test verifies the knowledge from the course in a set of closed and open questions.

The grade is based on evaluating the three parts - written essay, interactive presentation, and test.  

Last update: Langhammer Jakub, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (06.09.2021)

Course outline


River floods

Introduction, typology of floods

Analysis of historical floods 

Hydrological flood forecasting 

River flood modeling 


Floods in the landscape

Changes of rainfall-runoff processes in headwater areas 

Geomorphological changes of streams and floodplains due to floods

Biological succession and invasion processes triggered by floods 

Effect of floodplain modifications on flooding 


Flood risk management

Flood damage - mapping, analysis and modeling 

Nature-based solutions for flood mitigation 

Flood plans design 

Flood response and crisis management 



Presentation of essays

Last update: Langhammer Jakub, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (06.09.2021)
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