Probabilistic flood risk mapping including spatial dependence

Neal, Jeffrey and Keef, Caroline and Bates, Paul and Beven, Keith and Leedal, David (2013) Probabilistic flood risk mapping including spatial dependence. Hydrological Processes, 27 (9). pp. 1349-1363. ISSN 0885-6087

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Effective flood risk management depends on methods for estimating flood hazard and an appraisal of the dominant uncertainties in the analysis. Typically, hydraulic models are used to simulate the extent of flooding for an estimate of the flow in a particular reach for a chosen probability of exceedance. However, this definition causes problems at river confluences where flows derive from multiple sources. Here, a model-based approach was adopted to describe the multisite joint distribution of river flows for three rivers that converge on the city of Carlisle (UK). Monte-Carlo methods were used to generate flood events with realistic spatial dependence between tributaries which would occur over a 1000year period. To account for the uncertainty in the data used to create the event set, block bootstrapping was used to produce a further 100 runs of the event generator over notional 1000year periods. Each of the 20000 events created by this process was then simulated using a 10m resolution two-dimensional hydraulic model of the whole city to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach. Spatial dependence was found to be important because no single event caused the maximum flood extent at all locations and assuming perfect correlation between tributaries overestimated flood hazard. Uncertainty in estimates of inundation probability was significant to the extent that confidence intervals in risk estimates were larger than expected; however, the interaction of flows with the flood defences and valley topography gave a distinct structure to the inundation probabilities and risk.

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