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World Atlas of Large Flood Events 1985-2002

The information presented in this atlas is derived from a wide variety of news, governmental, instrumental, and remote sensing source. It is designed in order to better understand the evolution of extreme flood events since 1985. The archive is "active" because it is currently updated (with current and past events). For additional information concerning how these maps and tables are created, please review the Archive Notes.

Because this database combines different information source and cover 18 years, it can not be totally consistent. This question of data consistency is recursive with this kind of database. Usually this question of consistency is avoided or quickly presented. The originality of this project is to acknowledge the data inconsistency, to make the user aware of the reliability of the data. This concept is part of a research project.

For more information concerning this project, please contact Sebastien.Caquard@Dartmouth.edu

 

Contents of the Atlas

Part I - Evolution of the floods since 1985

Flood Number

Interannual evolution

Map of the floods number

 

Flood Duration

Interannual evolution

Seasonal evolution

Map of the flood duration

 

Flood Seasonality

Interannual and Seasonal evolution

Map of the flood seasonality

 

Flood Causes

The different causes

Interannual evolution

Map of the flood causes

 

Recurrence interval

Map of recurrence interval anecdotal

 

Severity class

by YEAR

 

   

Part II - Consequences of these floods

Fatalities

Interannual average evolution or Sum/Max

Seasonal evolution total or Average/Median

Map of the flood fatalities

 

Displaced

Interannual average evolution or Sum/Max

Map of the people displaced

 

Damage

Interannual average evolution or Sum/Max.

Map of economical cost

 

 

 

More to come...

 

 

 

 




 

This work is made possible by data obtained by NASA, JAXA, ESA, and other space agencies, and by funding support from the Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area and the Applied Sciences Program, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, and from the European Commission, through the GDACS project, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.

 
     

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