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The Added Value of System Robustness Analysis for Flood Risk Management Illustrated by a Case on the Ijssel River : Volume 15, Issue 2 (04/02/2015)

By Mens, M. J. P.

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Title: The Added Value of System Robustness Analysis for Flood Risk Management Illustrated by a Case on the Ijssel River : Volume 15, Issue 2 (04/02/2015)  
Author: Mens, M. J. P.
Volume: Vol. 15, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Natural, Hazards
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Description: Deltares, P.O. Box 177, 2600 MH Delft, the Netherlands. Decision makers in fluvial flood risk management increasingly acknowledge that they have to prepare for extreme events. Flood risk is the most common basis on which to compare flood risk-reducing strategies. To take uncertainties into account the criteria of robustness and flexibility are advocated as well. This paper discusses the added value of robustness as an additional decision criterion compared to single-value flood risk only. We do so by quantifying flood risk and system robustness for alternative system configurations of the IJssel River valley in the Netherlands. We found that robustness analysis has added value in three respects: (1) it does not require assumptions on current and future flood probabilities, since flood consequences are shown as a function of discharge; (2) it shows the sensitivity of the system to varying discharges; and (3) it supports a discussion on the acceptability of flood damage. We conclude that robustness analysis is a valuable addition to flood risk analysis in support of long-term decision-making on flood risk management.

The added value of system robustness analysis for flood risk management illustrated by a case on the IJssel River

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