Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1149–1161, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1149–1161, 2020

Invited perspectives 29 Apr 2020

Invited perspectives | 29 Apr 2020

Invited perspectives: How machine learning will change flood risk and impact assessment

Dennis Wagenaar et al.

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This invited perspective paper addresses how machine learning may change flood risk and impact assessments. It goes through different modelling components and provides an analysis of how current assessments are done without machine learning, current applications of machine learning and potential future improvements. It is based on a 2-week-long intensive collaboration among experts from around the world during the Understanding Risk Field lab on urban flooding in June 2019.
Final-revised paper