Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 981–997, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 981–997, 2020
Research article
14 Apr 2020
Research article | 14 Apr 2020

Urban pluvial flood risk assessment – data resolution and spatial scale when developing screening approaches on the microscale

Roland Löwe and Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen

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