New technique to calculate flood damage

New technique to calculate flood damage


Climate change, along with increased building on flood plains, has led to both a greater likelihood and a higher impact of flooding across the globe.UK: Researchers are discussing a new technique to calculate the cost of damage caused by flooding at the ‘International Conference of Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe’ at the University of Exeter. Two hundred experts from nearly 40 countries have gathered at the University of Exeter to discuss the latest advances in flood management plans and flood resilience measures.

The methodology is used to analyse historical flood situation and also to predict the impact of future flooding, including health impacts of pollution caused by combined sewer overflows. This new methodology under discussion, combines information on land use with data on the vulnerability of the area to calculate the cost of both past and future flooding events.

This has already been employed to estimate the damage caused by heavy rain events that caused serious flooding in Barcelona in 2011 and in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013.

The conference is a key dissemination event of the European Seventh Framework Programme project CORFU (Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban Areas, coordinated by the Centre for Water Systems,Exeter which is dedicated to researching and improving urban flood resilience from both European and Asian perspectives.