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TitleA flood risk assessment tool for Canada
AuthorHastings, N LORCID logo; Nastev, MORCID logo; Wagner, C; Chow, W; Rivard, J R; Struik, B
SourceCanadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium, abstracts; 2013 p. 1
LinksOnline - En ligne
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130215
PublisherCanadian Risk and Hazards Network
MeetingCanadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium, CRHNet; Regina; CA; November 5-8, 2013
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to A flood risk assessment tool for Canada
File formatpdf
Subjectshydrogeology; Health and Safety; health hazards; floods; flood potential; hydrologic environment; coastal environment; Hazus
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Quantitative risk assessment project
Released2013 01 01
AbstractThe last year in Canada has seen significant flood events in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario causing property damage and loss of life. At present , there are no national tools to assess the risks associated with floods in Canada. Within the Public Safety Geoscience program at Natural Resources Canada, a research team has been adapting the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA's) methodology for estimating potential losses from natural disasters.
This method has been embedded in a GIS system to allow graphical representation of identified zones. To date, The Hazus-MH methodology has been adapted for use in Canada to model losses from earthquake scenarios and is currently being adapted to model flood scenarios. Hazus is widely used in the United States for mitigation planning at local and national scales. The tool will allow a user to input a flood depth grid and estimate losses to community assets based on an input scenario. The presentation will provide an overview of the tool and describe how it is being adapted for use in Canada.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The presentation is intented for risk decision makers, such as governments (municipal, provincial, federal) and critical infrastructure owners to learn about the new research work being accomplished in the Public Safety Geoscience project, Quantifying Geohazard Risk. Current work involves adapting a software tool developed by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency to estimate losses from flood events.

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