Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1011-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1011-2021
Research article
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15 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 15 Mar 2021

Flood risk assessment of the European road network

Kees C. H. van Ginkel, Francesco Dottori, Lorenzo Alfieri, Luc Feyen, and Elco E. Koks

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This study presents a state-of-the-art approach to assess flood damage for each unique road segment in Europe. We find a mean total flood risk of EUR 230 million per year for all individual road segments combined. We identify flood hotspots in the Alps, along the Sava River, and on the Scandinavian Peninsula. To achieve this, we propose a new set of damage curves for roads and challenge the community to validate and improve these. Analysis of network effects can be easily added to our analysis.
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