FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro"
Date: 13/11/2015

Improving Flood Damage Assessment Models in Italy


Mattia Amadio (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Jaroslav Mysiak (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Lorenzo Carrera (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Elco Koks (Institute for Environmental Studies IVM - VU University Amsterdam)

Type: Journal
JEL n.: Q54
JEL: Natural Hazards
Pages: Vol. 82, Issue 3, pp 2075–2088
Keywords: Flood Risk Management, Stage Depth Damage Curves, Economic Damage, Disaster Losses, Italy


Flood damage assessments are often based on Stage-Damage Curve (SDC) models that estimate economic damage as a function of flood characteristics, typically flood depths, and land use. SDCs are developed through site-specific analysis but rarely adjusted to economic circumstances in areas to which they are applied. In Italy, assessments confide in SDC models developed elsewhere, even if empirical damage reports are collected after every major flood event. In this paper we tested, adapted and extended an up-to-date SDC model using flood records from Northern Italy. The model calibration is underpinned with empirical data from compensation records. Our analysis takes into account both physical asset and foregone production losses, the latter measured amidst the spatially distributed gross added value (GVA).


Suggested citation: Amadio, M., J. Mysiak, L. Carrera, E. Koks, (2015), 'Improving Flood Damage Assessment Models in Italy', Nota di Lavoro 92.2015, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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