A prototype tool for dynamic pluvial-flood emergency planning

Nuno Melo*, Bruno Filipe Santos, Jorge Leandro

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Due to the increased frequency of extreme rainfall events caused by climate change, flooding in urban areas is becoming increasingly recurrent. Nevertheless, mitigation and response actions to flood events are still defined according to the best judgments of civil protection authorities, based on their experience and on simple flood modelling tools. In this paper we present the methodological structure of an innovative prototype tool for dynamic pluvial-flood emergency planning. The tool is aimed at helping civil protection authorities (and the population) in the preparation, mitigation and response to flood events. The 2009 flood in the Agualva village (Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal), is used to exemplify the model's calibration and to illustrate the prototype capabilities. The results highlight the importance of considering a dynamic approach in the design of pluvial-flood emergency planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalUrban Water Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • accessibility maps
  • calibration models
  • emergency planning
  • evacuation routes
  • pluvial-flood modelling


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