Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
18 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2016

Assessing changes in urban flood vulnerability through mapping land use from historical information

M. Boudou, B. Danière, and M. Lang

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This paper presents an appraisal of flood vulnerability of two French cities, Besançon and Moissac, which have been largely impacted by two ancient major floods (resp. in January 1910 and March 1930). An analysis of historical sources allows the mapping of land use and occupation within the flood extent of the two historical floods, both in past and present contexts. It gives an insight into the complexity of flood risk evolution, at a local scale.