Title: Towards an Assessment of Coastal Flood Damage Potential in Europe
Authors: BARREDO CANO Jose'SALAMON PeterBODIS Katalin
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC49079
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23698 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49079
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This study makes a first step for the assessment of exposure to coastal flooding due to storm surge in Europe. The objective of this report is to assess the available data for a further detailed assessment of potential economic damage from coastal flooding. Many seamless European datasets are necessary for the implementation of a comprehensive assessment. We describe the conceptual modelling approach for calculating flood damage potential. Within this approach each component of the system represents a specific dataset. The first step of this project, as included in this report, is the identification and acquisition of the datasets for the implementation of the proposed assessment in future phases. As example of the collected data a series of maps for selected European areas are provided. In the maps we assume a coastal flood resulting from a surge of 2 meter above mean sea level. The flooding area was mapped assuming no defences. This report is a non exhaustive assessment and only a limited number of cases have been selected. Seven critical areas across Europe are included i.e. Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Porto, Norwich and Riga. In further steps of this project all the European coastal areas will be assessed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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