Geografie 2006, 111, 326-340

Comparative analysis of the floods in Prague (Czechia) and Seville (Spain): Seen from the geographical viewpoint

Rafael Baena Escudero1, Inmaculada Guerrero Amador1, Bohumír Janský2

1University of Seville, Faculty of Geography and History, Department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Anylyses, Spain
2Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The urbanization pressure upon the areas originally endangered by floods has increased, creating a new imbalance between the city and the river. The relationship to the various strategies that are being used to prevent the predictable flood risk in Prague and Seville, constitute the main topics of the following article. Authors analyze two very different drainage systems - the Vltava river in Czechia with temprate snow-rain climate versus the Guadalquivir river in the south of Spain with subtropical rain climate. The general hydrological properties will be compared as well as the highly different morphohydrology of the specific flood areas close to the cities of Seville and Prague.


The presented research was funded by the Research Plan MSM 0021620831 "Geographical Systems and Risk Processes in Context of Global Changes and European Integration" of the Czech Ministry of Education and Research Project VaV-SM/2/57/05 "Long-term changes of river ecosystems in floodplains affected by extreme floods" of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic which is fully appreciated by the authors.