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An intensity scale for riverine flooding

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Edited by:
Sehlke G.Hayes D.F.Stevens D.K.

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Abstract

Recent advances in the availability and accuracy of multi-dimensional flow models, the advent of precise elevation data for floodplains (LIDAR), and geographical GIS allow the creation of hazard maps that more correctly reflect the varying levels of flood-damage risk across a floodplain when inundatecby floodwaters. Using intensity scales for wind damages, an equivalent water-damage flow intensity scale has been developed that ranges from 1 (minimal effects) to 10 (major damages to most structures). This flow intensity scale, FIS, is portrayed on a map as color-coded areas of increasing flow intensity. This should prove to be a valuable tool to assess relative risk to people and property in known flood-hazard areas.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
An intensity scale for riverine flooding
ISBN:
0784407371
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
First page:
2008
Last page:
2016
Number of Pages:
9
Conference Title:
2004 World Water and Environmental Resources Congress: Critical Transitions in Water and Environmental Resources Management
Conference Location:
Salt Lake City, UT
Conference Date:
27 June 2004 through 1 July 2004