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A GIS tool for flood risk analysis in Flanders (Belgium)
Kellens, W.; Deckers, P.; Saleh, H.A.; Vanneuville, W.; De Maeyer, P.; Allaert, G.; De Sutter, R. (2008). A GIS tool for flood risk analysis in Flanders (Belgium), in: Brebbia, C.A. et al. (Ed.) Risk analysis VI: simulation and hazard mitigation (RISK ANALYSIS 2008). WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies, 39: pp. 21-27
In: Brebbia, C.A.; Popov, V. (Ed.) (2008). Risk analysis VI: simulation and hazard mitigation (RISK ANALYSIS 2008). WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies, 39. WIT Press: Southampton. ISBN 978-1-84564-104-7. 576 pp., more
In: WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies. WIT Press: Southampton. ISSN 1746-4463, more

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  • Deckers, P., more
  • Saleh, H.A.
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Abstract
    In the past decades, the low-lying region Flanders (Belgium) has fall victim to numerous flood events, causing substantial damage to buildings and infrastructure. In response to this, the Flemish government proposed a new approach which considers the level of risk as a way for safety measurement. Using geographical information systems, this evolution has lead to a comprehensive risk methodology, and more recently to the development of a flood risk assessment tool called LATIS. By estimating the potential damage and the number of casualties during a flood event, LATIS offers the possibility to perform risk analysis in a fast and effective way. This paper presents a brief overview of the currently used methodology for flood risk management in Flanders and its implementation in the LATIS tool. The usefulness of this new tool is demonstrated by a sequence of risk calculations, performed in the framework of climate change impacts on flood risk in Flanders.

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