Flood regulation data

The datasets have a spatial resolution of 1 x 1 km and reflect the reference year 2000.

Methodology

The full methodology is described in:

Stürck, J., Poortinga, A., Verburg, P. H., 2014. Mapping ecosystem services: The supply and demand of flood regulation services in Europe. Ecol. Ind. 38, 198-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.11.010

Flood regulation supply

Flood regulation supply is an ecosystem service, which, based on biophysical characteristics of the landscape, supports the mitigation of river floods. The effect of several biophysical factors on the indicator, i.e. land use, precipitation characteristics, type of the river catchment, water holding capacity of the soil, and location, were tested in experiments conducted in the hydrological model STREAM (Aerts, 1999). In each of the selected test catchments, it was tested how the variables affect the runoff volume at the catchment outlet after a rainfall event. The outcomes of the experiment were translated into a dimensionless index (0-1) and applied to Europe based on spatially explicit maps of the variables explored in the experiments, using a look-up table.

Flood regulation demand

For the demand indicator, downstream potential flood damages were quantified using the Damage Scanner model (DSM, Bubeck et al., 2011), which uses GDP, land cover, and inundation levels as a basis for estimation of direct flood damages. Flood damage was aggregated for each river catchment, and related to the available upstream area of the entire river basin. Thus, the higher the potential downstream damages, and the smaller the area to provide flood regulation upstream, the higher the demand for high flood regulation supply in the respective river catchment. Demands, expressed as an dimensionless indicator (0-1) are normalized across Europe using a min-max normalization.

For more information contact Julia Stürck (julia.sturck@vu.nl)

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source http://www.ivm.vu.nl/en/Organisation/departments/spatial-analysis-decision-support/Flood-regulation-data/index.aspx
Author Julia Stürck
Maintainer Jasper Dekkers
Last Updated August 9, 2017, 07:53 (UTC)
Created February 8, 2016, 08:30 (UTC)
Status completed
Theme
Topic
Usage Contraints When using this data please refer to Stürck, J., Poortinga, A., Verburg, P. H., 2014. Mapping ecosystem services: The supply and demand of flood regulation services in Europe. Ecol. Ind. 38, 198-211
Region Europe
Classification unclassified
Custodian Julia Stürck
Creation date 2014-06-30
Temporal extent 2000
Bbox-east-long 74.356
Bbox-west-long -31.465
Bbox-north-lat 82.167
Bbox-south-lat 34.543
Spatial reference system