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Flood Depth‒Damage Curves for Spanish Urban Areas

Cetaqua, Water Technology Centre, Carretera d’Esplugues, 75, 08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain
Flumen Research Institute, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Agencia Pericial (AGPERICIAL). Calle de Vista Alegre, 6 Bjs, 08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2666;
Received: 22 February 2020 / Revised: 22 March 2020 / Accepted: 25 March 2020 / Published: 27 March 2020
Depth‒damage curves, also known as vulnerability curves, are an essential element of many flood damage models. A relevant characteristic of these curves is their applicability limitations in space and time. The reader will find firstly in this paper a review of different damage models and depth‒damage curve developments in the world, particularly in Spain. In the framework of the EU-funded RESCCUE project, site-specific depth‒damage curves for 14 types of property uses have been developed for Barcelona. An expert flood surveyor’s opinion was essential, as the occasional lack of data was made up for by his expertise. In addition, given the lack of national standardization regarding the applicability of depth‒damage curves for flood damage assessments in Spanish urban areas, regional adjustment indices have been derived for transferring the Barcelona curves to other municipalities. Temporal adjustment indices have been performed in order to modify the depth‒damage curves for the damage estimation of future flood events, too. This study attempts to provide nationwide applicability in flood damage reduction studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: depth‒damage curves; urban floods; properties; claims; flood expert surveyor depth‒damage curves; urban floods; properties; claims; flood expert surveyor
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Martínez-Gomariz, E.; Forero-Ortiz, E.; Guerrero-Hidalga, M.; Castán, S.; Gómez, M. Flood Depth‒Damage Curves for Spanish Urban Areas. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2666.

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Martínez-Gomariz E, Forero-Ortiz E, Guerrero-Hidalga M, Castán S, Gómez M. Flood Depth‒Damage Curves for Spanish Urban Areas. Sustainability. 2020; 12(7):2666.

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Martínez-Gomariz, Eduardo, Edwar Forero-Ortiz, María Guerrero-Hidalga, Salvador Castán, and Manuel Gómez. 2020. "Flood Depth‒Damage Curves for Spanish Urban Areas" Sustainability 12, no. 7: 2666.

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