Hydro-geomorphologic risk in Portugal: driving forces and application for land use planning

June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019
36 months
Funding Entity
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

The increasing number of hydro-geomorphologic disasters worldwide has been related to the increasing frequency and magnitude of flood and landslide events, as a direct consequence of climate change, but also as a consequence of the increasing exposure of people and assets to disaster risk.

In Portugal floods and landslides are on the top of natural disasters. A recent improvement has been achieved with the gathering of basic information on past floods and landslides that caused social consequences in Portugal for the period 1865-21010 through the DISASTER database.

Until now, the hydro-geomorphological disaster events were not studied in detail to correctly characterize the climatic forcing of hydro-geomorphologic risk in Portugal. The previous analyses of selected case studies were focused on extreme events, which present very different large-scale atmospheric conditions in their genesis.

Understanding the multi-faceted nature of disastrous flood and landslide events occurred in Portugal is a key objective of the FORLAND project as it is decisive for designing and implementing effective adaptation and disaster risk management strategies.


The FORLAND project will provide a toolbox incorporating proactive guidelines for special planning, disaster risk management tool and adaptation strategies to promote disaster risk reduction, based on differentiated municipal risk profiles and involving scientists, regional and local authorities and stakeholders.


Principal Contractor:

Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa (IGOT/Ulisboa)

Participating Institutions:

Direção-Geral do Território (DGT)

Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, FP (FFC/FC/UL)

Alexandra M. Ramos
Alexandre Oliveira Tavares (coord)
António Amílcar da Silva
Carmen Diego Gonçalves
Eusébio Reis
Fernando Jorge da Rocha
José Luís Zêzere
José Manuel Mendes
Leandro Barros
Marcelo Henrique Fragoso
Margarida Queirós
Maria Branco
Mónica Santos
Pedro Pinto dos Santos
Ricardo Garcia
Ricardo Trigo
Sérgio Manuel Cruz de Oliveira
Sofia Vaz
Susana da Silva Pereira (coord)
hydro-geomorphologic risk, climatic forcing, land use change, spatial planning