Title: Potential Flood Hazard and Risk Mapping at Pan-European Scale
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC41704
ISBN: 978-3-540-36730-7
URI: http://www.springer.com/geography/gis+cartography/book/978-3-540-36730-7?detailsPage=toc
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper summarizes the first results obtained for pan-European flood risk mapping. Initial results showed that 75% of the area indicated as high or moderate flood hazard area using the methodology described here matched with the Rhine Atlas flood hazard area. Taken into account the European continental scale dimension of the analysis however, the initial results achieved here are fairly promising. Using the flood hazard map, the flood exposure map ¿ derived using population density - and flood vulnerability map ¿ derived using GDP data - resulted in a flood risk map of Europe, aggregated at NUTS3 level. The methodology will be calibrated using existing flood hazard maps, such as the ones of the Rhine atlas. Furthermore, the use of higher quality DEMs is envisaged to produce more accurate results. More accurate waterlevel assumptions will be used in future studies obtained from the pan-European flood simulation work done with the European Flood Alert System (EFAS) and LISFLOOD. Also, it is envisaged to use the LISFLOOD-FP flood inundation model with SRTM based elevation data to estimate flood hazard.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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