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    Modeling the high-resolution dynamic exposure to flooding in a city region

    Citation

    Zhu, X, Dai, Q, Han, D, Zhuo, L, Zhu, S & Zhang, S, 2019, ‘Modeling the high-resolution dynamic exposure to flooding in a city region’. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, vol 23., pp. 3353-3371

    Abstract

    Urban flooding exposure is generally investigated with the assumption of stationary disasters and disaster-hit bodies during an event, and thus cannot satisfy the increasingly elaborate modelling and management of urban floods. In this study, a comprehensive method was proposed to simulate dynamic exposure to urban flooding considering residents’ travel behavior. First, a flood simulation was conducted using the LISFLOOD-FP model to predict the spatio-temporal distribution of flooding. Second, an agent-based model was used to simulate residents’ movements during the urban flooding period. Finally, to study the evolution and patterns of urban flooding exposure, the exposure of population, roads, and buildings to urban flooding was simulated using Lishui, China as a case study. The results showed that water depth was the major factor affecting
    18 total urban exposure in Lishui. Urban exposure to fluvial flooding was concentrated along the river, while exposure to pluvial flooding was dispersed throughout the area (independent from the river). Additionally, the population distribution on weekends was more variable than on weekdays and was more sensitive to floods. In addition, residents’ response behavior (based on their subjective consciousness) may result in increased overall exposure. This study presents the first fully formulated method for dynamic urban flood exposure simulation at a high spatio-temporal resolution. The quantitative results of this study can provide fundamental information for urban flood disaster vulnerability assessment, socioeconomic loss assessment, urban disaster risk management, and emergency response plan establishment

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