Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Yared Abayneh Abebe

Date: 03 December 2020

Dissertation title: 

Modelling Human-Flood Interactions: A coupled flood-agent-institution modelling framework for long-term flood risk management

Group: IHE Delft, Sanitary Engineering
Promotor: Prof.dr. Damir Brdjanovic
Co-promotor: Dr. Zoran Vojinovic, dr. Igor Nikolic, dr. Amineh Ghorbani

Abstract:

The objectives of the research are to develop a modelling framework and a methodology to build models for holistic flood risk management (FRM), and to assess how coupled human-flood interaction models support FRM decision-making. To achieve the objectives, the research develops a Coupled fLood-Agent-Institution Modelling framework (CLAIM). CLAIM integrates actors, institutions, the urban environment, hydrologic and hydrodynamic processes and external factors which affect local FRM activities. Then, it presents applications of the modelling framework in two actual case studies. The first case explores the implications of mainly formal FRM institutions on flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability. The second one explores the effects of informal institutions on household adaptation measures to reduce vulnerability to flooding. The research contributes to FRM by providing a holistic view of flood risk in which one could study how the social, economic, governance and hydrological makeup of an area contributes to the risk.