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Proc. IAHS, 373, 179-182, 2016
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12 May 2016
Up-scaling of multi-variable flood loss models from objects to land use units at the meso-scale
Heidi Kreibich, Kai Schröter, and Bruno Merz German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Section 5.4 Hydrology, Potsdam, Germany
Abstract. Flood risk management increasingly relies on risk analyses, including loss modelling. Most of the flood loss models usually applied in standard practice have in common that complex damaging processes are described by simple approaches like stage-damage functions. Novel multi-variable models significantly improve loss estimation on the micro-scale and may also be advantageous for large-scale applications. However, more input parameters also reveal additional uncertainty, even more in upscaling procedures for meso-scale applications, where the parameters need to be estimated on a regional area-wide basis.

To gain more knowledge about challenges associated with the up-scaling of multi-variable flood loss models the following approach is applied: Single- and multi-variable micro-scale flood loss models are up-scaled and applied on the meso-scale, namely on basis of ATKIS land-use units. Application and validation is undertaken in 19 municipalities, which were affected during the 2002 flood by the River Mulde in Saxony, Germany by comparison to official loss data provided by the Saxon Relief Bank (SAB).

In the meso-scale case study based model validation, most multi-variable models show smaller errors than the uni-variable stage-damage functions. The results show the suitability of the up-scaling approach, and, in accordance with micro-scale validation studies, that multi-variable models are an improvement in flood loss modelling also on the meso-scale. However, uncertainties remain high, stressing the importance of uncertainty quantification. Thus, the development of probabilistic loss models, like BT-FLEMO used in this study, which inherently provide uncertainty information are the way forward.

Citation: Kreibich, H., Schröter, K., and Merz, B.: Up-scaling of multi-variable flood loss models from objects to land use units at the meso-scale, Proc. IAHS, 373, 179-182, doi:10.5194/piahs-373-179-2016, 2016.
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