EGU Topical Meeting: Validation in Flood Risk Modelling

Flood risk analysis - which is used to make important and often expensive decisions - is complex and subject to significant uncertainty. The fact that this information is important but also uncertain has led to an increasing requirement to verify and validate flood risk analyses.

In this workshop we aim to gain an overview of validation and verification methods for models used in flood risk analysis - specifically for models of processes for which only limited observations are available (e.g., levee failure, inundation, and flood impacts). In these cases, traditional validation techniques that require a lot of data are not applicable.

This workshop will bring together international experts on flood hazard estimation and risk assessment, working on fluvial, pluvial, coastal, and flash floods. The goal is to critically discuss to what extent current approaches and models are able to accurately estimate hazard, failure, exposure, and vulnerability - in sum: flood risk. The workshop will provide a platform to share best practices to validate and evaluate flood risk models. We will work together to compose a definitive summary of the state-of-the-art in flood risk validation - highlighting gaps and research needs - with the aim of getting flood risk validation a higher priority on the research agenda.

The main findings from the workshop, which came largely out of the fruitful discussion sessions on hazard modelling, failure modelling, flood damage assessment and integration, are summarized in a workshop report. The report and impressions from the workshop can be found on the Results page.

Programme

Workshop Users meeting Symposium Course Excursion Dinner Masterclass
Monday 08 December 2014
Time Event
19:00
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21:00

Icebreaker Drinks

The Icebreaker will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow workshop participants in a casual setting, with some good beverages. We chose a typical Dutch location, the Grand Café 'De Sjees', located in the historic city centre of Delft directly behind the City Hall. A great choice of restaurants to have diner before the Icebreaker can be found nearby. The address of the Grand Café 'De Sjees' is 'Markt 5'. 

We are looking forward to welcoming all guest at the Icebreaker drinks on Monday evening from 7pm. 

Tuesday 09 December 2014
Time Event
08:00
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17:00

EGU Workshop Validation in Flood Risk Modelling (Day 1)

On the first day of this workshop we will focus on the need of validation and available techniques with regard to the flood hazard (Session 1 - Hydrology and Hydraulics) and failure (Session 2 - Failure models). Beside the presentations there will be two comprehensive blocks for in-depth group discussions. 

19:00
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22:00

Workshop Dinner

Our workshop diner will take place in the restaurant 'De Kurk' (Kromstraat 20), located in the historic centre of Delft. Further logistic information will be given during the workshop.

Wednesday 10 December 2014
Time Event
08:00
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17:00

EGU Workshop Validation in Flood Risk Modelling (Day 2)

On the second day we will have a deeper look on validation techniques for flood damages (Session 3 - Damage models) and the impact of uncertainties on the overall flood risk (Session 4 - Integration). Again there will be two comprehensive blocks for in-depth group discussions. We will close the workshop by a plenary discussion on the way forward including the main conclusions from all group discussions.