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Volume 17, issue 11 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1893-1906, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 13 Nov 2017

Research article | 13 Nov 2017

Economically optimal safety targets for interdependent flood defences in a graph-based approach with an efficient evaluation of expected annual damage estimates

Egidius Johanna Cassianus Dupuits et al.
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Short summary
Flood defences, such as levees, emergency storage basins or storm surge barriers, can be designed as multiple lines of defence. If each line of defence has a number of possible levels, the total number of possible system configurations can be large. This paper presents an approach that is able to find an optimal configuration including future adaptations of such a flood defence system, based on an economic cost–benefit analysis.
Flood defences, such as levees, emergency storage basins or storm surge barriers, can be...