A comparative study on methods for loss of life estimation

Applications to case studies in the United States

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In the Netherlands, USA and other countries methods for the analysis of loss of life and evacuation associated with flooding are used in flood risk management. This paper compares the methods from the US and Netherlands in this field and considers both methodological principles as well as the outcomes for various case studies. Similarities and differences between the modeling approaches , input and output types and applications are discussed. As part of a comparison effort two case studies in the US have been selected: the Natomas Basin in California, and the Herbert Hoover Dike in Florida. These case studies are the first steps in a benchmark research on life loss models and recommendations for future improvement of the methods are provided.