Project Information

Title: Assessment of the impact of multi-hazard on urban development in Barranquilla, Colombia

Client: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Iniciativa de Ciudades Emergentes y Sostenibles (ICES) – 2013

Project Description

In close proximity to the Caribbean Ocean and the Magdalena River, the city of Barranquilla is faced with many natural hazard threats. From the threat of flooding by Magdalena River to landslide susceptibility on the wester margins of the city, a proactive planning effort will attempt to assess the extent and the probability of these hazards. This project in Barranquilla focused on dimensioning the probability, extent and impact of flooding from both terrestrial water features and ocean sea level rise, under two different climate change scenarios. Using a wide array of inputs including property values, land use, land ownership and other socio-economic variables, detailed economic impacts of these hazard were assessed to provide a base for investment decisions and local planning efforts. The final products of this product helped inform policy makers about critically vulnerable areas in Barranquilla and the hazard mitigation needs of the city.

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