Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 187–192 | Cite as

A GIS-based method for flooded area calculation and damage evaluation



Using geographic information system to study flooded area and damage evaluation has been a hotspot in environmental disaster research for years. In this paper, a model for flooded area calculation and damage evaluation is presented. Flooding is divided into two types: ‘soruce flood’ and ‘non-source flood’. The source-flood area calculation is based on seed spread algorithm. The flood damage evaluation is calculated by overlaying the flooded ara range with thematic maps and relating the results to other social and economic data. To raise the operational efficiency of the model, a skipping approach is used to speed seed spread algorithm and all thematic maps are converted to raster format before overlay analysis. The accuracy of flooded area calculation and damage evaluation is mainly dependent upon the resolution and precision of the digital elevation model (DEM) data, upon the accuracy of registering all raster layers, and upon the quality of economic information. This model has been successfully used in the Zhejiang Province Comprehensive Water Management Information System developed by the authors. The applications show that this model is especially useful for most counties of China and other developing countries.

Key words

model flooded area calculation damage evaluation seed spread algorithm 

CLC number

P426.616 X43 

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© Springer 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Zhejiang Provincial GIS LabZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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