Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 625–641, 2020

Special issue: Advances in computational modelling of natural hazards and...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 625–641, 2020

Research article 27 Feb 2020

Research article | 27 Feb 2020

Improved accuracy and efficiency of flood inundation mapping of low-, medium-, and high-flow events using the AutoRoute model

Michael L. Follum et al.

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AutoRoute is one of the tools used by the US Military to create high-resolution flood inundation maps at regional to continental scales. Although proven to be useful in simulating floods in remote regions of the world, the accuracy of the model has had only limited testing for nonextreme flood cases. This paper presents improvements to AutoRoute to accurately simulate both extreme and nonextreme flood cases while improving the applicability in a production setting.
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