Implementing tools to meet the Floods Directive requirements: A “procedure” to collect, store and manage damage data in the aftermath of flood events

D. Molinari, M. Mazuran, C. Arias, G. Minucci, F. Atun, D. Ardagna

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present a “procedure” to collect and store damage data in the aftermath of flood events. The activity is performed within the Poli_RISPOSTA project (stRumentI per la protezione civile a Supporto delle POpolazioni nel poST Alluvione), an internal project of Politecnico di Milano whose aim is to supply tools supporting Civil Protection Authorities in dealing with flood emergency. Specifically, the aim of this paper is to discuss the present implementation of the project, highlighting challenges for data collection, storage, analysis and visualisation. Data can have different formats (e.g. paper based vs. digital form, different digital files extensions), refer to different aspects of the phenomenon (i.e. hazard, exposure, vulnerability and damage), refer to different spatial and temporal scales (e.g. micro vs. meso scale, different phases of the flood event) and come from different sources (e.g. local authorities, field surveys, crowdsourcing). Therefore a multidisciplinary approach which includes expertise from ICT, geomatics, engineering, urban planning, economy, etc. is required. This paper first describes a conceptual map of the issue at stake, then it discusses the state of the art of the implementation, taken as reference the Umbria flood in November 2012. Impacts of the project are discussed with particular attention to their utility to meet some of the “Floods Directive” (Directive 2007/60/EU) requirements: (i) to create a reliable and consistent database; the latter should be the basis on which damage models can be defined/validated and thus risk can be mapped; (ii) to supply a comprehensive scenario of flood impacts according to which priorities can be identified during the emergency and recovery phase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
EditorsCarlos A. Brebbia, D. Proverbs, Carlos A. Brebbia, D. Proverbs
PublisherWitpress
Pages215-226
Number of pages12
Volume184
ISBN (Electronic)9781845647841, 9781845647841
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response, FRIAR 2014 - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 18 Jun 201420 Jun 2014
Conference number: 4
https://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2014/friar-2014

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response, FRIAR 2014
Abbreviated titleFRIAR 2014
CountryPoland
CityPoznan
Period18/06/1420/06/14
Internet address

Keywords

  • Disaster databases
  • Flood damage maps
  • Flood damages
  • Flood risk management

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    Molinari, D., Mazuran, M., Arias, C., Minucci, G., Atun, F., & Ardagna, D. (2014). Implementing tools to meet the Floods Directive requirements: A “procedure” to collect, store and manage damage data in the aftermath of flood events. In C. A. Brebbia, D. Proverbs, C. A. Brebbia, & D. Proverbs (Eds.), WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Vol. 184, pp. 215-226). Witpress. https://doi.org/10.2495/FRIAR140181