Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 313–323, 2019
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 313–323, 2019

Research article 01 Feb 2019

Research article | 01 Feb 2019

Communicating disaster risk? An evaluation of the availability and quality of flood maps

Daniel Henstra et al.

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Flood maps can help stakeholders and the public understand their flood risk. We evaluated the quality of publicly accessible flood maps in Canadian communities designated as flood risk areas. We found that most maps (62 %) are low quality (meeting less than half of the criteria) and the highest score was 78 % (seven of nine criteria met). Canada must make a more concerted effort to produce high-quality flood maps to support its international commitment to disaster risk reduction.
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