Risk-Based Analysis for Flood Damage Reduction

by Darryl W. Davis, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, United States,
Michael W. Burnham, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources VI


The traditional approach of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to flood damage reduction studies is compared to risk-based analysis, a method of performing studies in which uncertainty in technical data is explicitly taken into account. Use of the risk-based method results in explicit consideration of uncertainty in estimated flow-blood frequency, flood stage, and flood damage, and hence in project flood damage reduction benefits. Several examples are cited.

Subject Headings: Flood frequency | Comparative studies | Floods | Federal government | Hydrologic data | Risk management | Probability | Damage (structural) | United States

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