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Flood Risk Management, Quantitative Methods

Extremes and Environmental Risk

  1. P. H. A. J. M van Gelder

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn019

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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van Gelder, P. H. A. J. M. 2013. Flood Risk Management, Quantitative Methods. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 3.

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  1. TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

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  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


In this article, quantitative methods for flood risk management are discussed. Reliability analysis of flood defense systems and the probabilistic flood risk management approach are outlined. The application of quantitative methods offers the designer a way to unify the design of engineering structures, processes, and management systems. For this reason, there is a growing interest in the use of these methods in the design and safety assessment of flood defenses. This article describes the background of probabilistic analyses, uncertainties, and systems analysis for flood risk management.


  • Probabilistics;
  • flood risk;
  • reliability;
  • Monte Carlo;
  • individual risk;
  • societal risk;
  • econometrics;
  • acceptability;
  • failure probability;
  • flood defense systems of flood-prone areas;
  • probabilistic methods;
  • probabilistic risk analysis;
  • strength and load variables