A tool that is intuitive as well as effective
However, at Royal HaskoningDHV we have taken the steps to do just that, creating what we call the Global Flood Risk Tool (GFRT), which provides flood mapping and risk modelling in a simple format that is easy to understand and use.
This is important because while fellow specialists might be able to make sense of complex mapping and reems of technical information – it isn’t helpful for a client, whether they’re a port owner, or leading operations at an industrial site, trying to make informed decisions anywhere in the world.
The tool utilises site specific data analytics, but also encourages standardisation by bringing together data from open data sources to be able to perform assessment anywhere in the world, e.g.: global flood maps, vulnerability curves, land values and land use maps.
The result is an easy to understand tool that collates this information to do analysis for a series of scenarios, climate projections and probabilities, creating detailed flood, damage and risk maps not just for the 1/10 per year or 1/100 per year storm, but also for the 1/1,000 per year or 1/10,000 per year storm – as is the Dutch way!
Measures can be implemented to become resilient against flooding. GFRT directly calculates the financial parameters for business case modelling and provides insight in economical most optimal solutions.
The beauty of the GFRT is that as more data becomes available it is fed into the modelling, meaning it grows more accurate as time passes – and leading with visual mapping makes it almost like a Google Maps for flood modelling!
Image: Flood damage for 1/10,000 per year event in Port of Rotterdam at Europoort industry complex