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Water 2018, 10(1), 81; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10010081

Methodological Framework for Analysing Cascading Effects from Flood Events: The Case of Sukhumvit Area, Bangkok, Thailand

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Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
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IHE Delft, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
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Centre for Water Systems, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK
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Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Beograd, Serbia
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School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4 Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
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Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
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Received: 17 October 2017 / Revised: 1 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 18 January 2018
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Abstract

Impacts from floods in urban areas can be diverse and wide ranging. These can include the loss of human life, infrastructure and property damages, as well as other kinds of nuisance and inconvenience to urban life. Hence, the ability to identify and quantify wider ranging effects from floods is of the utmost importance to urban flood managers and infrastructure operators. The present work provides a contribution in this direction and describes a methodological framework for analysing cascading effects from floods that has been applied for the Sukhumvit area in Bangkok (Thailand). It demonstrates that the effects from floods can be much broader in their reach and magnitude than the sole impacts incurred from direct and immediate losses. In Sukhumvit, these include loss of critical services, assets and goods, traffic congestion and delays in transportation, loss of business and income, disturbances and discomfort to the residents, and all these can be traced with the careful analysis of cascading effects. The present work explored the use of different visualization options to present the findings. These include a casual loop diagram, a HAZUR resilience map, a tree diagram and GIS maps. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban floods; critical infrastructures and services; dependence and interdependence; cascading effects; framework; quality of life urban floods; critical infrastructures and services; dependence and interdependence; cascading effects; framework; quality of life
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Hilly, G.; Vojinovic, Z.; Weesakul, S.; Sanchez, A.; Hoang, D.N.; Djordjevic, S.; Chen, A.S.; Evans, B. Methodological Framework for Analysing Cascading Effects from Flood Events: The Case of Sukhumvit Area, Bangkok, Thailand. Water 2018, 10, 81.

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