Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2503–2519, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2503–2519, 2020

Research article 22 Sep 2020

Research article | 22 Sep 2020

The object-specific flood damage database HOWAS 21

Patric Kellermann et al.

Related authors

Are flood damage models converging to “reality”? Lessons learnt from a blind test
Daniela Molinari, Anna Rita Scorzini, Chiara Arrighi, Francesca Carisi, Fabio Castelli, Alessio Domeneghetti, Alice Gallazzi, Marta Galliani, Frédéric Grelot, Patric Kellermann, Heidi Kreibich, Guilherme S. Mohor, Markus Mosimann, Stephanie Natho, Claire Richert, Kai Schroeter, Annegret H. Thieken, Andreas Paul Zischg, and Francesco Ballio
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2997–3017,,, 2020
Short summary
Large-scale application of the flood damage model RAilway Infrastructure Loss (RAIL)
Patric Kellermann, Christine Schönberger, and Annegret H. Thieken
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2357–2371,,, 2016
Estimating flood damage to railway infrastructure – the case study of the March River flood in 2006 at the Austrian Northern Railway
P. Kellermann, A. Schöbel, G. Kundela, and A. H. Thieken
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2485–2496,,, 2015

Related subject area

Databases, GIS, Remote Sensing, Early Warning Systems and Monitoring Technologies
CHILDA – Czech Historical Landslide Database
Michal Bíl, Pavel Raška, Lukáš Dolák, and Jan Kubeček
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2581–2596,,, 2021
Short summary
Review article: Detection of actionable tweets in crisis events
Anna Kruspe, Jens Kersten, and Friederike Klan
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1825–1845,,, 2021
Short summary
Long-term magnetic anomalies and their possible relationship to the latest greater Chilean earthquakes in the context of the seismo-electromagnetic theory
Enrique Guillermo Cordaro, Patricio Venegas-Aravena, and David Laroze
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1785–1806,,, 2021
Short summary
HazMapper: a global open-source natural hazard mapping application in Google Earth Engine
Corey M. Scheip and Karl W. Wegmann
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1495–1511,,, 2021
Short summary
Opportunities and risks of disaster data from social media: a systematic review of incident information
Matti Wiegmann, Jens Kersten, Hansi Senaratne, Martin Potthast, Friederike Klan, and Benno Stein
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1431–1444,,, 2021
Short summary

Cited articles

Barredo, J. I.: Normalised flood losses in Europe: 1970–2006, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 97–104,, 2009. 
Blong, R.: Residential building damage and natural perils: examples and issues, Build. Res. Inf., 32, 379–390, 2004. 
Bouwer, L. M.: Have disaster losses increased due to anthropogenic climate change?, B. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 92, 39–46, 2011. 
Breiman, L.: Random forests, Mach. Learn., 45, 5–32, 2001. 
Buck, W. and Merkel, U.: Auswertung der HOWAS Schadendatenbank. Institut für Wasserwirtschaft und Kulturtechnik der Universität Karlsruhe, HY98/15, 1999. 
Short summary
The flood damage database HOWAS 21 contains object-specific flood damage data resulting from fluvial, pluvial and groundwater flooding. The datasets incorporate various variables of flood hazard, exposure, vulnerability and direct tangible damage at properties from several economic sectors. This paper presents HOWAS 21 and highlights exemplary analyses to demonstrate the use of HOWAS 21 flood damage data.
Final-revised paper