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Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: New Insights from Research and Practice

Daniela Molinari (Editor), Scira Menoni (Editor), Francesco Ballio (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-21792-3
282 pages
August 2017, American Geophysical Union
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Several scholars across the globe identified the present lack of high quality damage data as the main constraint to efficient risk mitigation. The need for a systematic collection of damage data in the aftermath of flood events come into light, thus the aim being the creation of complete and reliable databases. Flood damage data collected in the aftermath of a disastrous event can support a variety of actions, which include: (i) the identification of priorities for intervention during emergencies, (ii) the creation of complete event scenarios on the basis of which understanding the fragilities of the flooded areas and tailoring risk mitigation strategies, (iii) the definition of victims compensation schemes, and (iv) the validation/definition of damage models to feed cost-benefit analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation actions (including insurance schemes).

Volume highlights include:

  • A good compilation of real world case studies elaborating on the survey experiences and best practices associated with flood damage data collection, storage and analysis, that can help strategize flood risk mitigation in an efficient manner
  • Valuable contributions covering different flooding phenomena such as riverine and mountain floods, different spatial level of analysis from local to global scales, and different stakeholders perspectives, e.g. public decision makers, researchers, private companies
  • Contributions from leading experts in the field, researchers and practitioners, including civil protection actors working at different spatial and administrative level, insurers and professionals working in the field of natural hazards mitigation

Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: New Insights from Research and Practice will be a valuable resource to all earth scientists, hydrologists, meteorologists, geologists, geographers, civil engineers, insurers and policy decision makers.

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Table of Contents





Part I: International Context

1                Overview of the UN Global Loss Data Collection Initiative
Julio Serje

2                Technical recommendations for standardizing loss data
Daniele Ehrlich, Christina Corbane and Tom De Groeve                                                                  

3                Overview of loss data storage at global scale
Roberto Rudari, Marco Massabò, Tatiana Bedrina                                                                          

Part II: Data Storage

4                Direct and Insured Flood Damage in the United States
Melanie Gall                                                                                                                                           

5                HOWAS21 the German flood damage database
Heidi Kreibich, Annegret Thieken, Haubrock Sören, Kai Schröter                                               

6                Best practice of data collection at the local scale: the RISPOSTA procedure
Nicola Berni, Daniela Molinari, Francesco Ballio, Guido Minucci, Carolina Arias Munoz            

7                Data collection for a better understanding of what causes flood damage – experiences with telephone surveys
Annegret Thieken, Heidi Kreibich, Meike Müller, Jessica Lamond                                               

Part III: Data Collection

8                Utilising post disaster surveys to understand the social context of floods – experiences from Northern Australia
David King and Yetta Gurtner                                                                                                             

9                Understanding Crowdsourcing and Volunteer Engagement: case studies for hurricanes, data processing, and floods
Shadrock Roberts and Tiernan Doyle                                                                                             

10             After the flood is before the next flood: The post event review capability (PERC) methodology developed by Zurich’s flood resilience alliance
Michael Szoenyi, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Adriana Keating, Karen MacClune                              

11             Defining complete post flood scenarios to support risk mitigation strategies
Scira Menoni, Funda Atun, Daniela Molinari, Guido Minucci, Nicola Berni                                

Part IV: Data Analysis

12             Rebuild and improve Queensland: continuous improvement after the 2010-11 floods in Australia
Brendan Moon                                                                                                                                        

13             Forensic disaster analysis of flood damage at commercial and industrial firms
Nicholas Walliman, Martin Dolan, Shahzad Amouzad, Ray Ogden                                                

Part V: ICT tools

14             Response to flood events: the role of satellite-based emergency mapping and the experience of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS)
Andrea Ajmar, Piero Boccardo, Marco Broglia, Jan Kucera, Fabio Giulio-Tonolo, Annett Wania   

15             Data collection and analysis at local scale: the experience within the Poli-RISPOSTA project
Carolina Arias Munoz, Mirjana Mazuran, Guido Minucci, Danilo Ardagna and Maria Brovelli  


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Author Information

Daniela Molinari, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, Italy 

Scira Menoni, Dept. of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano Via Bonardi, Italy 

Francesco Ballio, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, Italy

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