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Collecting data for quantitative research on pluvial flooding

Author: Spekkers, M.H. · Ten Veldhuis, J.A.E. · Clemens, F.H.L.R.
Faculty:Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Department:Water Management
Type:Article in monograph or in proceedings
Publisher: IWA - International Water Association
Source:12th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 11-15 September 2011
Keywords: pluvial flooding · data collection · quantitative research
Rights: (c) 2011 The Author(s)


Urban pluvial flood management requires detailed spatial and temporal information on flood characteristics and damaging consequences. There is lack of quantitative field data on pluvial flooding resulting in large uncertainties in urban flood model calculations and ensuing decisions for investments in flood protection. In this paper four different data sources are discussed, based on literature and expert consultation, that are believed to be of value for the acquisition of quantitative data on pluvial flooding. Data assembled by insurance agencies on flood damage, call databases held by water authorities and emergency services and remote sensing images cover years of observational data that can be mined to obtain data on flood characteristics and occurrence. Flood monitoring using sensor technology can be effective to collect additional pluvial flood data, that is not captured by existing data sources.

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