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Communicating flood risk to the public by cartography
Kellens, W.; Vanneuville, W.; Ooms, K.; De Maeyer, P. (2009). Communicating flood risk to the public by cartography, in: Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conferences, Santiago Chile, 2009. pp. 1-11
In: (2009). Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conferences, Santiago Chile, 2009. International Cartographic Association (ICA): [s.l.]. , more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Cartography; Floods; Risk assessment; Marine
Author keywords
    Public awareness

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Abstract
    Flood risk communication plays an important role in risk management, because it can strengthen people’s risk awareness and can motivate them to take precautionary actions. To inform the public about flood risks, the use of flood maps is encouraged by the recent EU Flood Directive (2007/60/EC). Mapping flood risks deals with the challenges of representing risks in a way people can understand and interpret them correctly. In this contribution, the use of flood maps is discussed within risk communication. Attention is further given to the cartographic principles of flood mapping and to the role of the Internet in communicating flood risks via web cartography. Eventually, the state of the flood risk mapping in Flanders (Belgium) is discussed, considering the theoretical aspects previously handled.

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