Research Spotlight: Flood fatalities in Africa linked to settlement patterns



[1] Flood-related fatalities in Africa have increased greatly over the past several decades. Has the intensity of flooding increased, perhaps owing to global climate changes? Or have human activity, population growth, and development patterns led to increased human vulnerability? To find out, Di Baldassarre et al. analyzed large data sets of floods in Africa. They considered trends in flooding as well as population dynamics and land use changes. (Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2010GL045467, 2010)