, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 339–353 | Cite as

Application of a model to the evaluation of flood damage

  • F. LuinoEmail author
  • C. G. Cirio
  • M. Biddoccu
  • A. Agangi
  • W. Giulietto
  • F. Godone
  • G. Nigrelli


This paper presents the initial results of a common methodology for the evaluation of damage produced by a flood. A model has been developed for flood damage estimation based on a geographic information system (GIS). It could be used by land administration bodies and insurance companies to manage flood-related damage data. The model simulates flood scenarios and evaluates expected economic losses from the impact of floodwaters on exposed elements, through the application of a computational model elaborated by GIS. During the development of the model, the Boesio Stream, a small watercourse flowing into Lake Maggiore (Lombardy, northern Italy) which was recently affected by a flash flood, was used as case study to test and calibrate the methodology. The method could be used either as a forecasting tool to define event scenarios, utilizing data from events simulated with a hydraulic model, or for real-time damage assessment after a disaster. The approach is suitable to large-area damage assessment and could be appropriate for land use planning, civil protection and risk mitigation.


Flood Damage evaluation Stage–damage curves Hydraulic modelling GIS 



We would like to thank A. Zamperone for the hydrologic–hydraulic study and D. Alexander for their suggestions and revising the English text. A particular thanks for the collaboration to Philip J. Schneider, Director of the Multihazard Loss Estimation Program, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington DC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Luino
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. G. Cirio
    • 1
  • M. Biddoccu
    • 1
  • A. Agangi
    • 1
  • W. Giulietto
    • 1
  • F. Godone
    • 1
  • G. Nigrelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian National Research Council, Research Institute for Geo-hydrological ProtectionTurinItaly

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