Using EO applications for hazard and risk assessment of flooding in Honduras

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University of Zurich (UZH) Space Hub

Thu, Mar 25 2021

The village of Avispa was hit by a flood event in 2008. 8 people died and various houses were destroyed. The high disposition for flooding still exists today. The Red Cross supports the community of Avispa in planning of protective measures. This requires a reliable hazard and risk analysis that takes into account the individuality of future events. For this purpose, the Red Cross combines qualitative and technical methods of analysis. In the presentation, these methods will be presented with a special focus on EO methods. In particular, reference is made to the use of GEE, where historical precipitation data are retrieved retrospectively for the last 40 years and can be used to calculate flood peaks. The benefits and limitations in practical application are demonstrated using Avispa as an example.

In addition, a new method for testing the cost-effectiveness of protective measures will be presented.

Speaker at the event will be Georg Heim, technical expert in Disaster Risk Reduction at the Swiss Red Cross (SRC).

Date and Time

The event will take place on March 25th, 2021 at 14:00 CET.

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