Application of the European Flooding Directive to Coastal Areas in Spain: Methodology and Tools to Generate Flood Hazard and Risk Maps (PAP014364)
Antonio Tomás Sampedro, María Dolores Ortiz, Raúl Medina, Fernando J. Méndez, Francisco F. Jaime, Omar F. Castellanos, Felipe Fernandez, Javier L. Lara
Land use and Floods, landslides and erosion
The purpose of the European Flooding Directive (2007/60/CE) is to establish an Europeanframework for the assessment and management of flood risks. The aim is to reduce the adverse floodingconsequences such as human health, environmental and cultural heritage, and economic activity. InSpain, coastal zone flood hazard and risk maps are managed by the Environment Spanish Ministry(MAGRAMA, Dirección General para la Sostenibilidad de la Costa y el Mar). These maps are designedusing the methodology and tools developed by the Environmental Hydraulics Institute (IH Cantabria) fromUniversidad de Cantabria. This methodology allows performing accurate and quick flood hazard mapsalong the Spanish coast, due to the combination of high-resolution marine climate data bases, advancednumerical models, innovative data mining techniques, and statistical models.