Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1445–1455, 2013
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1445–1455, 2013

Research article 11 Jun 2013

Research article | 11 Jun 2013

Augmenting Austrian flood management practices through geospatial predictive analytics: a study in Carinthia

S. M. Ward1 and G. Paulus2 S. M. Ward and G. Paulus
  • 1Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • 2Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, School of GeoInformation, Villach, Austria

Abstract. The Danube River basin has long been the location of significant flooding problems across central Europe. The last decade has seen a sharp increase in the frequency, duration and intensity of these flood events, unveiling a dire need for enhanced flood management policy and tools in the region. Located in the southern portion of Austria, the state of Carinthia has experienced a significant volume of intense flood impacts over the last decade. Although the Austrian government has acknowledged these issues, their remedial actions have been primarily structural to date. Continued focus on controlling the natural environment through infrastructure while disregarding the need to consider alternative forms of assessing flood exposure will only act as a provisional solution to this inescapable risk. In an attempt to remedy this flaw, this paper highlights the application of geospatial predictive analytics and spatial recovery index as a proxy for community resilience, as well as the cultural challenges associated with the application of foreign models within an Austrian environment.