Santorini, like anywhere else in the world is prone to experiencing natural hazards. On this study abroad trip my project is to explore the hazard of flooding. Throughout the coarse I will be focusing on what landscapes are needed to facilitate flooding, what places have flooded in the past, and which areas will be prone to flooding in the future.
Flooding is dependent on the topography of the area, but the topography has to be formed by the plate tectonics to begin with. So what does this look like for the islands in the Aegean Sea, with the closest ground being hundreds of meters below the surface of the water?
In the Aegean there are two ways for this to happen, either the formation of land by a volcano (which few islands in the Aegean formed) or land was brought up from oceanic crust through faulting. Both of these processes are results of plate tectonics.
Now that I learned how the landscape formed to facilitate flooding, by volcanic activity and normal faulting, I can better understand the different ways an area can experience floods. I’m looking forward to seeing the aftermath of floods in the past, what could have been done to prevent them, and seeing how flooding in Santorini differs from mainland areas.