Natural Hazards

, Volume 70, Issue 2, pp 1327–1337 | Cite as

Adaptation planning for floods: a review of available tools

  • James Carl Banks
  • Janey V. Camp
  • Mark D. Abkowitz
Original Paper


Communities have competing priorities for limited financial resources. Identifying a capable and affordable tool that can be used in flood adaptation planning will assist in determining strategic investments and enhancing public communication. A state-of-the-art review was conducted of commonly available flood modeling and impact assessment tools that could be utilized for climate adaptation planning by municipalities. Assessment criteria such as flood modeling capabilities, geographic information system integration, damage assessment functions and ease of use were used. Although there are many tools available, based on the criteria used in assessing these models, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazus-MH tool appears to hold the most promise in being repurposed for adaptation planning.


Flood Adaptation Planning Communities Municipalities Tools Models Geographic information systems GIS Climate change Extreme weather events 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Carl Banks
    • 1
  • Janey V. Camp
    • 1
  • Mark D. Abkowitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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