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Articles in peer reviewed journals (ISI-listed)


  • OTTO, A., P. Kellermann, A.H. THIEKEN, M. Mañez Costa, M. Carmona, P. BUBECK (2019): Risk reduction partnerships for assessing and enhancing resilience of railway transport infrastructure in an alpine environment. – International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 33: 385-397; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.10.025 (open access).
  • OTTO, A. (2019): Naturdiskurse und Raumbezüge: Konfliktprägend in einer Kontroverse um Hochwasserschutz und Renaturierung. – Geographische Zeitschrift 106(4): 248-275; DOI: 10.25162/gz-2018-0017.
  • Unterberger, C., HUDSON, P. G. M. B., Botzen, W. J. W., Schroeer, K., Steininger, K. (2019): Future public sector flood risk and risk sharing arrangements: An assessment for Austria. - Ecological Economics 156: 153-163; DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.09.019 (open access).
  • HUDSON, P., Botzen, W.J.W., Poussin, J.K., Aerts, J.C.J.H.: The impacts of flooding and flood preparedness on happiness: A monetisation of the tangible and intangible subjective well-being impacts. - Journal of Happiness Studies, online first 19 Dec 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s10902-017-9916-4.


  • Vogel, K., L. Weise, K. Schröter, A.H. THIEKEN (2018): Identifying Driving Factors in Flood Damaging Processes Using Graphical Models. – Water Resources Research 54(11): 8864-8889; DOI: 10.1029/2018WR022858.
  • Di Baldassarre, G., H. Kreibich, S. Vorogushyn, J. Aerts, K. Arnbjerg-Nielsen, M. Barendrecht, P. Bates, M. Borga, W. Botzen, P. BUBECK, B. De Marchi, C. Llasat, M. Mazzoleni, D. Molinari, E. Mondino, J. Mård, O. Petrucci, A. Scolobig, A. Viglione, P. J. Ward (2018): Hess Opinions: An interdisciplinary research agenda to explore the unintended consequences of structural flood protection. – Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22: 5629–5637, DOI: 10.5194/hess-22-5629-2018 (open access).
  • HUDSON, P. (2018): A comparison of definitions of affordability for flood risk adaption measures: A case study of current and future risk-based flood insurance premiums in Europe. - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 23(7): 1019-1038, DOI:
  • Sultana, Z., T. SIEG, P. Kellermann, M. Müller, H. Kreibich (2018): Assessment of Business Interruption of Flood-Affected Companies Using Random Forests. - Water 10: 1049; doi:10.3390/w10081049 (open access).
  • BUBECK, P., W.J.W. Botzen, J. LAUDAN, J.C.J.H. Aerts, A.H. THIEKEN (2018): Insights into flood-coping appraisals of Protection Motivation Theory: Empirical evidence from Germany and France. – Risk Analysis 38(6): 1239-1257, DOI:10.1111/risa.12938.
  • NATHO, S., A.H. THIEKEN (2018): Implementation and adaptation of a macro-scale method to assess and monitor direct economic losses caused by natural hazards. - International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 28: 191-205.
  • KOÇ, G., A.H. THIEKEN (2018): The relevance of flood hazards and impacts in Turkey: what can be learned from different disaster loss databases? – Natural Hazards 91(1): 375-408, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-3134-6.
  • OTTO, A., A. HORNBERG, A.H. THIEKEN (2018): Local controversies of flood risk reduction measures in Germany. An explorative overview and recent insights. – Journal of Flood Risk Management 11(S1): S382-S394, DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12227.
  • BUBECK, P., A.H. THIEKEN (2018): What helps people recover from floods? Insights from a survey among flood-affected households in Germany. – Regional Environmental Change 18: 287-296, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1200-y.


  • LAUDAN, J., V. Rözer, T. SIEGK. Vogel, A.H. THIEKEN (2017): Damage assessment in Braunsbach 2016: data collection and analysis for an improved understanding of damaging processes during flash floods. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 17: 2163-2179, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-2163-2017 (PDF-Datei).
  • Kreibich, H., M. Müller, K. Schröter, A.H. THIEKEN (2017): New insights into flood warning reception and emergency response by affected parties. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 17: 2075-2092; DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-2075-2017 (PDF-Datei).
  • BUBECK, P., H. Kreibich, E.C. Penning-Rowsell, W.J.W. Botzen, H. de Moel, F. Klijn (2017): Explaining differences in flood management approaches in Europe and in the USA – a comparative analysis. - Journal of Flood Risk Management 10: 436-445, DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12151.
  • Surminski, S., A.H. THIEKEN (2017): Promoting flood risk reduction: the role of insurance in Germany and England. – Earth’s Future 5: 979-1001, doi: 10.1002/2017EF000587 (PDF-Datei).
  • Kreibich, H., G. Di Baldassarre, S. Vorogushyn, J.C.J.H. Aerts, H. Apel, G.T. Aronica, K. Aenbjerg-Nielsen, L.M. Bouwer, P. BUBECK, T. Caloiero, D.T. Chinh, M. Cortés, A.K. Gain, V. Giampá, C. Kuhlicke, Z.W. Kundzewicz, M.C. Llasat, J. Mard, P. Matczak, M. Mazzoleni, D. Molinari, N.V. Dung, O. Petrucci, K. Schröter, K. Slager, A.H. THIEKEN, P.J. Ward, B. Merz (2017): Adaptation to flood risk – results of international paired flood event studies. – Earth’s Future 5: 953-965, DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000606 (PDF-Datei).
  • SIEG, T., K. Vogel, B. Merz, H. Kreibich (2017): Tree-based flood damage modeling of companies: Damage processes and model performance. - Water Resources Research 53: 6050-6068, doi:10.1002/2017WR020784.
  • Spekkers, M., V. Rözer, A. THIEKEN, M.-C. ten Veldhuis, H. Kreibich (2017): A comparative survey of the impacts of extreme rainfall in two international case studies. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 17: 1337-1355, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-1337-2017 (PDF-Datei).
  • Vogel, K., U. Öztürk, A. Riemer, J. LAUDAN, T. SIEG, D. Wendi, A. Agarwal, V. Rözer, O. Korup, A. THIEKEN (2017): Die Sturzflut von Braunsbach am 29. Mai 2016 – Entstehung, Ablauf und Schäden eines „Jahrhundertereignisses“. Teil 2: Geomorphologische Prozesse und Schadensanalyse. – Hydrologie & Wasserbewirtschaftung 61(3): 163-175; DOI:10.5675/HyWa_2017,3_2 (PDF-Datei).
  • Kox, Th., A.H. THIEKEN (2017): To act or not to act? Factors influencing the general public’s decision about whether to take protective action against severe weather. – Weather, Climate and Society 9(2): 299-315, DOI: (PDF-Datei).


  • Birkmann, J., F. Wenzel, S. Greiving, M. Garschagen, D. Vallée, W. Nowak, T. Welle, S. Fina, A. Goris, B. Rilling, F. Fiedrich, A. Fekete, S.L. Cutter, S. Düzgün, A. Ley, M. Friedrich, U. Kuhlmann, B. Novak, S. Wieprecht, C. Riegel, A. THIEKEN, J. Rhyner, J.K. Mitchell (2016): Extreme Events, Critical Infrastructures, Human Vulnerability and Strategic Planning: Emerging Research Issues. - Journal of Extreme Events 3(4): 1650017, DOI: (PDF-Datei).
  • Chinh, D.T., N.V. Dung, H. Kreibich, P. BUBECK (2016): The 2011 flood event in the Mekong Delta: preparedness, response, damage and recovery of private households and small businesses. – Disasters 40(4): 753-778, DOI:10.1111/disa.12171.
  • KELLERMANN, P., C. Schönberger, A.H. THIEKEN (2016): Large-scale application of the flood damage model Railway Infrastructure Loss (RAIL). – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 2357-2371 (PDF-Datei).
  • Becker, S. & A. OTTO (2016): Editorial: Natur, Gesellschaft, Materialität: aktuelle Herausforderungen der Politischen Ökologie. - Geogr. Helv. 71: 221–227; doi:10.5194/gh-71-221-2016 (PDF-Datei);
  • Mysiak, J., S. Surminski, A. THIEKEN, R. Mechler, J. Aerts (2016): Brief Communication: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – success or warning sign for Paris? – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 2189-2193 (PDF-Datei).
  • Rözer, V., M. Müller, P. BUBECK, S. KIENZLER, A. THIEKEN, I. PECH, K. Schröter, O. Buchholz, H. Kreibich (2016): Coping with pluvial floods by private households. – Water 8(7): 304; doi:10.3390/w8070304 (PDF-Datei).
  • THIEKEN, A.H., T. Bessel, S. KIENZLER, H. Kreibich, M. Müller, S. Pisi, K. Schröter (2016): The flood of June 2013 in Germany: how much do we know about its impacts? – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 1519-1540 (PDF-Datei).
  • THIEKEN, A.H., S. KIENZLER, H. Kreibich, C. Kuhlicke, M. Kunz, B. Mühr, M. Müller, A. OTTO, T. PETROW, S. Pisi, K. Schröter (2016): Review of the flood risk management system in Germany after the major flood in 2013. – Ecology & Society 21(2):51 (Online).
  • Waha, K., B. ZIPF, P. Kurukulasuriya, R. Hassan (2016): The CEEPA agricultural survey for more than 9,500 African households. - Scientific Data 3, Article number: 160020, doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.20 (PDF-Datei)
  • KELLERMANN, P., P. BUBECK, G. Kundela, A. Dosio, A.H. THIEKEN (2016): Frequency analysis of critical meteorological conditions in a changing climate – Assessing future implications for railway transportation in Austria. – Climate 4(2): 25; doi:10.3390/cli4020025 (PDF-Datei).
  • BUBECK, P., Aerts, J. C. J. H., de Moel, H., and Kreibich, H. (2016): Preface: Flood-risk analysis and integrated management. - Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16: 1005-1010, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1005-2016 (PDF-Datei).
  • THIEKEN, A.H., H. Cammerer, C. Dobler, J. Lammel, F. Schöberl (2016): Estimating changes in flood risks and benefits of non-structural adaptation strategies - a case study from Tyrol, Austria. – Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 21: 343-376, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-014-9602-3 (PDF-Datei).


  • Philips, A., Walz, A., Bergner, A., Graeff, T., Heistermann, M., KIENZLER, S., Korup, O., Lipp, T., Schwanghart, W., Zeilinger, G. (2015): Immersive 3D geovisualization in higher education. - Journal of Geography in Higher Education 39(3): 437-449.
  • KELLERMANN, P., A. Schöbel, G. Kundela, A.H. THIEKEN (2015): Estimating flood damage to railway infrastructure – the case study of the March River flood in 2006 at the Austrian Northern Railway. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 15: 2485-2496 (PDF-Datei).
  • THIEKEN, A.H., H. Apel, B. Merz (2015): Assessing the probability of large-scale flood loss events – a case study for the river Rhine, Germany. – Journal of Flood Risk Management 8(3): 247-262, DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12091.
  • Kreibich, H., P. BUBECK, M. van Vliet, H. de Moel (2015): A review of damage-reducing measures to manage fluvial flood risks in a changing climate. – Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 20: 967-989, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-014-9629-5.
  • KIENZLER, S., PECH, I., Kreibich, H., Müller, M., THIEKEN, A.H. (2015): After the extreme flood in 2002: changes in preparedness, response and recovery of flood-affected residents in Germany between 2005 and 2011. - Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 15: 505-526 (PDF-Datei).


  • Bouwer, L., E. Papyrakis, J. Poussin, C. Pfurtscheller, A.H. THIEKEN (2014): The costing of measures for natural hazard mitigation in Europe. – Natural Hazards Review 15(4): 04014010, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000133.
  • Leibenath, M., A. OTTO (2014): Competing Wind Energy Discourses, Contested Landscapes. - Landscape Online 38: 1-18, DOI:10.3097/LO.201438. (Online)
  • OTTO, A., M. Leibenath (2014): The interrelation between collective identities and place concepts in local wind energy conflicts. - Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 19(6): 660–676, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.868871.
  • Kreibich, H., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, I. Logar, V. Meyer, R. Schwarze, A.H. THIEKEN (2014): Costing natural hazards. The proposed ‘cost assessment cycle’ is a framework for the integrated cost assessment of natural hazards. – Nature Climate Change 4(5): 303-306.
  • UHLEMANN, S., A.H. THIEKEN, B. Merz (2014): A quality assessment framework for natural hazard event documentation: application to trans-basin flood reports in Germany. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 14: 189-208, doi: 10.5194/nhess-14-189-2014. (Online)
  • THIEKEN, A.H., S. Mariani, S. Longfield, W. Vanneuville (2014): Preface: Flood resilient communities – Managing the consequences of flooding. - Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 14: 33-39, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-33-2014 (PDF)


  • Cammerer, H., A.H. THIEKEN, J. Lammel (2013): Adaptability and transferability of flood loss functions in residential areas. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 13: 3063-3081. (Online)
  • Pfurtscheller, C., A.H. THIEKEN (2013): The price of safety: costs for mitigating and coping with Alpine hazards. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 13: 2619-2637. (Online)
  • Meyer, V., N. Becker, V. Markantonis, R. Schwarze, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, E. Genovese, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, H. Kreibich, Q. Lequeux, I. Logar, E. Papyrakis, C. Pfurtscheller, J. Poussin, V. Przyluski, A.H. THIEKEN, C. Viavattene (2013): Review Paper: Assessing the Costs of Natural Hazards – state of the art and knowledge gaps. – Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 13: 1351-1373, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-13-1351-2013. (Online)
  • Cammerer, H., A.H. THIEKEN (2013): Historical development and future outlook of the flood damage potential of residential areas in the Alpine Lech Valley between 1971 and 2030. – Regional Environmental Change 13: 999-1012, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0407-9.
  • Cammerer, H., THIEKEN, A.H., Verburg, P. (2013): Spatio-temporal dynamics in the flood exposure due to land use changes in the Alpine Lech Valley in Tyrol (Austria). – Natural Hazards 68(3): 1243-1270, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0280-8.
  • Leibenath, M., OTTO, A. (2013): Local debates about 'landscape' as viewed by German regional planners: Results of a representative survey in a discourse-analytical framework. - Land Use Policy 32: 366– 374. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.11.011.
  • UHLEMANN, S., Bertelmann, R., and Merz, B. (2013): Data expansion: the potential of grey literature for understanding floods. - Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 17: 895-911, doi:10.5194/hess-17-895-2013 (Online)

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