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My Flood Risk

In the EU many citizens are at risk of floods from rivers, seas and heavy rainfall. Reliable, science based information does exist, such as the EU Flood Directive maps. Unfortunately, the availability of these maps as reusable GIS files is extremely limited. Hence, online pan-European flood maps that can be easiliy accessed by researchers, businesses and citizens are still unavailable. The EU FP7 project RAIN therefore developed pan-European maps for various hazards for a set of defined time periods and climate scenarios using EURO-CORDEX climate data. Based on these data, HKV Services launches a series of apps providing this information in a user friendly and clear manner, for each country in the EU.

Developed by HKV Consultants
My Flood Risk is available in the app stores. The app contains the flood depths with estimated return period of 10, 100 and 1000 years, based on the IPCC climate predictions for the period 1971-2000. Updates are foreseen for future climate projections (2050, 2100). The Pan-European flood maps were prepared within project “Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Networks in response to extreme weather” (RAIN). RAIN received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 608166.

TRL6. Prototype system verified
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment. Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment. The apps are launched in the summer of 2018. The software is already completely tested and reliable, as the app is based on the existing Dutch equivalent OverstroomIk? Improvements or updates are based on user experiences and feedback, e.g. with regard to language and functionality. HKV invites national, regional and local authorities in the EU to validate the data against local data sets.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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EU citizens with smart phones can download the app from the Android or Apple stores. The app contains a map showing the exposed areas. By ticking a location (e.g., your home) the app provides the estimated flood depth for the selected return period. The apps provides these maps free of charge.

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Presented data from the RAIN project were made using large-scale datasets and are intended for providing an European-wide overview of present and future probability of occurrence of extreme weather hazards. Extreme caution should be made when drawing local-scale conclusions from the maps. No liability is accepted for any errors or omissions in the data or associated information and/or documentation. HKV invites national, regional and local authorities in the EU to validate the data against local data sets. References to the data sets: Paprotny, D. and Morales Nápoles, O. (2016) Pan-European data sets of river flood probability of occurrence under present and future climate.

Added value

EU citizens are provided with easy access to science based information about one of the most destructive natural hazards in the EU, through modern day technology. It stimulates awareness of floods, and provides a starting point for modern day risk communication by local authorities. HKV offers national, regional and local authorities in the EU to customize the app for their area using locally produced maps (e.g. flood directive maps).

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