Flood Impacts on Road Transportation Using Microscopic Traffic Modelling Techniques

  • Katya PyatkovaEmail author
  • Albert S. Chen
  • Slobodan Djordjević
  • David Butler
  • Zoran Vojinović
  • Yared A. Abebe
  • Michael Hammond
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


This paper proposes a novel methodology for modelling the impacts of floods on traffic. Often, flooding is a complex combination of various causes (coastal, fluvial and pluvial). Further, transportation systems are very sensitive to external disturbances. The interactions between these two complex and dynamic systems have not been studied in detail so far. To address this issue, this paper proposes a methodology for a dynamic integration of a flood model (MIKE FLOOD) and a microscopic traffic simulation model (SUMO). The flood modelling results indicate which roads are inundated for a period of time. The traffic on these links will be halted or delayed according to the flood characteristics—extent, propagation and depth. As a consequence, some of the trips need to be cancelled; some need to be rerouted to unfavourable routes; and some are indirectly affected. A comparison between the baseline and a flood scenario yields the impacts of that flood on traffic, estimated in terms of lost business hours, additional fuel consumption and additional CO2 emissions. The proposed methodology will be further developed as a workable tool to evaluate the flooding impact on transportation network at city scale automatically.


Microscopic traffic modelling Road networks Traffic disruption Model integration Flood modelling Flood impacts 



Research on the PEARL (Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions) project is funded by the European Commission through Framework Programme 7, Grant Number 603663.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katya Pyatkova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Albert S. Chen
    • 1
  • Slobodan Djordjević
    • 1
  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Zoran Vojinović
    • 2
  • Yared A. Abebe
    • 2
  • Michael Hammond
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Water SystemsUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  2. 2.UNESCO-IHEInstitute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands

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