Decision Support System for Urban Flood Management in the Cazones River Basin

  • A. Cristóbal SalasEmail author
  • J. M. Cuenca Lerma
  • B. Santiago Vicente
  • H. L. Monroy Carranza
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 948)


Every year, the state of Veracruz suffers from constant torrential rains that produce overflows in rivers and streams as well as floods in urban areas. Due to the orography of the state, there are few hours for the evacuation of people from risk areas. That is why, this paper presents a software that helps the civil protection authorities to take preventive actions in cases of emergency due to extreme weather events. This software considers information such as: current amount of water in the region, rain forecast, soil porosity and orography of the region. With this information, the system generates a simulation of floods in that area. The system is implemented using parallelization of the problem domain and using multi-threaded techniques and distributed computation to reduce the execution time of the simulation.

The case of the region near the Cazones River basin is presented as an example of the utility of the system. It could simulate 72 h of rain falling in the area of 50 km × 20 km and showing the areas that could be affected during the flood.


Flood simulation Distributed Multi-thread Geographical information system Decision making 



This project is partially sponsored by the Ministry of Public Education through its Program for the Professional Development Program - PRODEP with registration key # UV-PTC-861 and the title: “Social strategies based on flood simulation for the houses located on the banks of the Cazones River in Poza Rica, Ver”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Cristóbal Salas
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. M. Cuenca Lerma
    • 1
  • B. Santiago Vicente
    • 1
  • H. L. Monroy Carranza
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Engineering in Electronics and CommunicationsUniversidad VeracruzanaPoza RicaMexico
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureUniversidad VeracruzanaPoza RicaMexico

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