Disaster Information System for Large-scale Flood Events using Earth Observation - DISFLOOD
Leading Organization:GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ)German Aerospace Centre (DLR)Helmholtz Association of National Research CentresUnited Nations University-EHS
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum, DLR), GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Helmholtz Association
The overall objective of DISFLOOD is the development of a Disaster Information System (DIS) providing a multi-disciplinary flood risk assessment for Germany. In different work packages techniques and methods are identified that (1) facilitate the assessment of vulnerability, (2) create large-scale flood event sets and (3) derive flood hazard maps from remote sensing data. Maps and information will be provided in a Geographical Information System (GIS) and are supposed to contribute to disaster risk reduction. The combination and integration of methods from social and natural science are the main challenge in this project, but are necessary to enhance an integrative risk assessment. DISFLOOD works on a regional scale and seeks to provide data and methods that can be applied for whole Germany.
The Disaster Information System for Large-Scale Flood Events Using Earth Observation (DISFLOOD) project is a platform for multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research. DISFLOOD is a pilot study that combines different methods such as remote sensing and hydraulic hazard models with social and socio-ecological vulnerability indicators.
The project is conducted in cooperation with the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum, DLR) as well as with the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ) and financed by the Helmholtz Association.
The objective of DISFLOOD is to provide a Disaster Information System which offers valuable information on flood risk, vulnerability and damage depending on different flood hazard scenarios. The information system is realized in an interactive WebGIS format which is implemented on the Helmholtz-EOS NaDiNe platform.
PD Dr.-Ing. Jörn Birkmann
Head of Section
Tel.: + 49-228-815-0208
Project Status:Completed (2005-2008)