Estimation of flood inundation probabilities using global hazard indexes based on hydrodynamic variables

Mario Santoro, Angela Candela, Giuseppe Tito Aronica, Pamela Fabio

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Abstract

In this paper a new procedure to derive flood hazard maps incorporating uncertainty concepts is presented. The layout of the procedure can be resumed as follows: 1) stochastic input of flood hydrograph modelled through a direct Monte-Carlo simulation based on flood recorded data. Generation of flood peaks and flow volumes has been obtained via copulas, which describe and model the correlation between these two variables independently of the marginal laws involved. The shape of hydrograph has been generated on the basis of a historical significant flood events, via cluster analysis; 2) modelling of flood propagation using a hyperbolic finite element model based on the DSV equations; 3) definition of global hazard indexes based on hydro-dynamic variables (i.e., water depth and flow velocities). The GLUE methodology has been applied in order to account for parameter uncertainty. The procedure has been tested on a flood prone area located in the southern part of Sicily, Italy. Three hazard maps have been obtained and then compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of the Earth
Volume42-44
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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