Title: Flood Risk Mapping at European Scale
Citation: Water Science & Technology vol. 56 no. 4 p. 11-17
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC38204
ISSN: 0273-1223
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC38204
DOI: 10.2166/wst.2007.531
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The aim of this article is to illustrate a framework for flood risk mapping at pan-European scale produced by the Weather-Driven Natural Hazards (WDNH) action of the EC-JRC-IES. Early results are presented in the form of flood risk index maps. We assess several flood risk factors that contribute to the occurrence of flood disasters. Among the causal factors of a flood disaster one is triggering natural event in the form of extreme precipitation and consequently extreme river discharge and extreme flood water levels. The threatening natural event represents the hazard component in our assessment. Furthermore exposure and vulnerability are anthropogenic factors that contribute also to flood risk. In the proposed approach, flood risk is considered on the light of exposure, vulnerability and hazard. We use a methodology with a marked territorial approach for the assessment of the flood risk. Hence, based on mathematical calculations, risk is the product of hazard, exposure and vulnerability. Improvements on datasets availability and spatial scale are foreseen in next phases of this study. This study is also a contribution to the discussion about the need for communication tools between the natural hazard scientific community and the political and decision making players in this field.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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