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FAME

Flood Risk and Damage Assessment using Modelling and Earth Observation techniques

Demonstration of a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping, with improvement to flood modelling performances by incorporating EO derived products to calibrate flood models.

 
Project References
 Name FAME
 Title Flood Risk and Damage Assessment using Modelling and Earth Observation techniques
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Land
 Cost €250k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (04/03/2002-30/07/2003)
 Sensors ENVISAT : ASAR
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
 
Project Description
 Objectives

FAME objectives were to demonstrate improvements in flood modelling performance by incorporating EO derived products to calibrate flood models and to demonstrate a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping at catchment scale. This was achieved through a partnership between:

  • Water authorities in Belgium and Italy who were the users with a mandate for flood risk assessment by modelling, flood damage prevention and flood damage cost assessment;
  • Industry providing EO derived flood map products;
  • R&D capability for the integration of river cross-section data with very high resolution DEMs to improve river flow modelling and the assessment of high resolution optical imagery for the up-dating of land use maps.

The following products were defined in close collaboration with the users, and proto-typed for the three catchments River Dender and River Demer in Belgium and River Entella in Italy:

  • River cross sectional data integrated with high resolution digital elevation models (4 m, derived from LIDAR data);
  • Flood maps (based on SAR images);
  • Flood simulation models calibrated by SAR images;
  • Composite hydrographs on the basis of discharge / duration / frequency distributions;
  • Flood risk maps of different return periods;
  • Updated land use and infrastructure maps (based on LANDSAT TM/ETM and IKONOS imagery).

Significant improvements in flood modelling performance by use of earth observation products was demonstrated.  FAME developed and demonstrated a Spatial Information Service for flood modelling and mapping within a Geographical Information Service (GIS) framework.

 
 Results FAME Final Report
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor K.U.Leuven R&D : Catholic University of Leuven - Research and Development department
 Subcontractors SARMAP : SARMAP S.A.
 
User Partnership
 Users Assuralia : Belgian Federation for Insurance Companies
AWZ : Ministery of Flanders - Waterways and Maritime Affairs Administration
Prov. Genova : Genova Province - Soil protection and environmental missions
SWISS RE : Swiss RE-insurance Company
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Patrick Willems
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Kasteelpark Arenberg 40
B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)16-321658 or +32 (0)16- 321663
Fax: +32 (0)16-321989
Email:Patrick.Willems@bwk.kuleuven.ac.be
 Technical Officer Espen Volden
European Space Agency
ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-942.80552
Email: espen.volden@esa.int
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