Towards a potential European flood impact database - EEA–JRC–ETC/CCA Joint Technical Paper

25 Apr 2013

Every year, Europe is affected by natural hazard events, notably floods, causing large but insufficiently understood and documented losses. Societal vulnerability is a key driver behind rising losses. The existing global and national disaster impact databases are ill-suited for advising the EU natural hazard, civil protection, and climate adaptation policies. There is a scope for a concerted action at the European level. A potential European Flood Impact Database could be built to advise, and draw knowledge from, the implementation of the EU Floods Directive

Author: Jaroslav Mysiak (ETC/CCA-FEEM)

Co-authors: Jochen Luther (ETC/CCA-UFZ), Wouter Vanneuville (EEA)

Contributors: André Jol (EEA), Ad de Roo (JRC/IES), André Wehrli (BAFU), Luca Guerreri and Barbara Dessi (ETC/SIA-ISPRA AMBIENTE), Rutger Dankers (ETC/CCA-MO), Mikko Huokuna (ETC/CCA-SYKE), Eric van Slobbe (ETC/CCA-Alterra) and David Pithart (ETC/CCA-CUNI)

Published by: ETC/CCA, Bologna, IT, 24 April 2013.

See also subsequent ETC/CCA Technical Paper: What makes flood events significant for the European policies? An analysis of threshold-based criteria.