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Research article
16 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 16 Feb 2021

Are OpenStreetMap building data useful for flood vulnerability modelling?

Marco Cerri, Max Steinhausen, Heidi Kreibich, and Kai Schröter

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Effective flood management requires information about the potential consequences of flooding. We show how openly accessible data from OpenStreetMap can support the estimation of flood damage for residential buildings. Working with methods of machine learning, the building geometry is used to predict flood damage in combination with information about inundation depth. Our approach makes it easier to transfer models to regions where no detailed data of flood impacts have been observed yet.
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