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Water 2016, 8(9), 392; doi:10.3390/w8090392

Providing Evidence-Based, Intelligent Support for Flood Resilient Planning and Policy: The PEARL Knowledge Base

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Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Utilization, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Iroon Polytechniou 5, GR-15 780 Zografou, Greece
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Innovative City Lab, Polytech Nice-Sophia, University of Nice—Sophia Antipolis, 930 Route des Colles, 06903 Biot, France
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Satways Ltd., Chr. Lada Str. 3, 15233 Halandri, Greece
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UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Zoran Vojinovic, Michael B. Abbott and Athanasios Loukas
Received: 22 July 2016 / Revised: 29 August 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 9 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydroinformatics and Urban Water Systems)
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Abstract

While flood risk is evolving as one of the most imminent natural hazards and the shift from a reactive decision environment to a proactive one sets the basis of the latest thinking in flood management, the need to equip decision makers with necessary tools to think about and intelligently select options and strategies for flood management is becoming ever more pressing. Within this context, the Preparing for Extreme and Rare Events in Coastal Regions (PEARL) intelligent knowledge-base (PEARL KB) of resilience strategies is presented here as an environment that allows end-users to navigate from their observed problem to a selection of possible options and interventions worth considering within an intuitive visual web interface assisting advanced interactivity. Incorporation of real case studies within the PEARL KB enables the extraction of (evidence-based) lessons from all over the word, while the KB’s collection of methods and tools directly supports the optimal selection of suitable interventions. The Knowledge-Base also gives access to the PEARL KB Flood Resilience Index (FRI) tool, which is an online tool for resilience assessment at a city level available to authorities and citizens. We argue that the PEARL KB equips authorities with tangible and operational tools that can improve strategic and operational flood risk management by assessing and eventually increasing resilience, while building towards the strengthening of risk governance. The online tools that the PEARL KB gives access to were demonstrated and tested in the city of Rethymno, Greece. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge-base; flood risk; flood resilience index; resilience measures; application of measures; selection tools; decision making processes; decision support system knowledge-base; flood risk; flood resilience index; resilience measures; application of measures; selection tools; decision making processes; decision support system
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Karavokiros, G.; Lykou, A.; Koutiva, I.; Batica, J.; Kostaridis, A.; Alves, A.; Makropoulos, C. Providing Evidence-Based, Intelligent Support for Flood Resilient Planning and Policy: The PEARL Knowledge Base. Water 2016, 8, 392.

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