The main focus of FloodFreq is on scientific and technological issues of flood frequency estimation. However, being an applied science the results delivered by the Action will impact on European flood risk management, thus provide tangible societal and economic benefits.
The scientific benefits will include:
The technological benefits will include:
The occurrence of extreme floods has always been a peril to human society. For example, the annual average flood damage in Europe in the last few decades is about € 4 Billion per year, and between 1998-2004 alone Europe experienced more than 100 major floods resulting in some 700 fatalities.
The availability of accurate methods for flood frequency estimation is an important part of optimal design and operation of hydraulic infrastructure (dams, levees, flood alleviation channels, culverts etc.). Thus, improved methods that allow assessment of the effect of environmental change are important components in flood risk management, and the improved advice is likely to reduce the expected annual flood damage in Europe through better preparedness and flood management.
The new knowledge on the predictive powered of numerous methods on a European scale will contribute to the openness of the consulting engineering market by enabling consultants to be more competitive in Europe in regional flood protection project tender bits.