URBAS: forecasting and management of flash floods in urban areas

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Urban Water Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, 2009


Recent studies on climate change indicate a growing frequency and intensity of flash flood events in western Europe. Flash floods are caused by extreme local precipitation. The URBAS project is concentrating on the urban occurrence of flash floods in Germany. URBAS has as a main objective to increase the preparedness and the range of possible actions of urban actors (e.g. communities, public enterprises) before and during rare small-scale flood events. Within URBAS the meteorological parameters, runoff and damage of flash floods are investigated. Innovative and feasible actions and precautionary measures at a reasonable cost-value-ratio are to be developed.

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