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FAME

Flood Risk and Damage Assessment using Modelling and Earth Observation techniques

Demonstration of a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping, with improvement to flood modelling performances by incorporating EO derived products to calibrate flood models.

FAME
Flood Risk and Damage Assessment using Modelling and Earth Observation techniques
DUP (Data User Programme)
Land
€250k
Service Demonstration
Completed
Landsat 4/5 : TM
ERS-1/2 : SAR
ENVISAT : ASAR

FAME objectives were to demonstrate improvements in flood modelling performance by incorporating EO derived products to calibrate flood models and to demonstrate a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping at catchment scale. This was achieved through a partnership between:

  • Water authorities in Belgium and Italy who were the users with a mandate for flood risk assessment by modelling, flood damage prevention and flood damage cost assessment;
  • Industry providing EO derived flood map products;
  • R&D capability for the integration of river cross-section data with very high resolution DEMs to improve river flow modelling and the assessment of high resolution optical imagery for the up-dating of land use maps.

The following products were defined in close collaboration with the users, and proto-typed for the three catchments River Dender and River Demer in Belgium and River Entella in Italy:

  • River cross sectional data integrated with high resolution digital elevation models (4 m, derived from LIDAR data);
  • Flood maps (based on SAR images);
  • Flood simulation models calibrated by SAR images;
  • Composite hydrographs on the basis of discharge / duration / frequency distributions;
  • Flood risk maps of different return periods;
  • Updated land use and infrastructure maps (based on LANDSAT TM/ETM and IKONOS imagery).

Significant improvements in flood modelling performance by use of earth observation products was demonstrated.  FAME developed and demonstrated a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping within a Geographical Information Service (GIS) framework.

FAME Final Report
Catholic University of Leuven - Research and Development department
SARMAP
AWZ
Prov. Genova
Assuralia
SWISS RE
Patrick Willems
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Kasteelpark Arenberg 40
B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)16-321658 or +32 (0)16- 321663
Fax: +32 (0)16-321989
Email:Patrick.Willems@bwk.kuleuven.ac.be
Espen Volden
European Space Agency
ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-942.80552
Email: espen.volden@esa.int