CRAF phase 1, a framework to identify coastal hotspots to storm impacts

Ferreira, Oscar, Viavattene, Christophe ORCID logoORCID:, Jiménez, José, Bole, Annelies, Plomaitis, Theocharis, Costas, Susana and Smets, Steven (2016) CRAF phase 1, a framework to identify coastal hotspots to storm impacts. E3S Web of Conferences, Volume 7, 2016. In: FLOODrisk 2016 - 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, 17-21 Oct 2016, Lyon, France. . ISSN 2267-1242 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1051/e3sconf/20160711008)

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Low-frequency high-impact storms can cause flood and erosion over large coastal areas, which in turn can lead to a significant risk to coastal occupation, producing devastation and immobilising cities and even countries. It is therefore paramount to evaluate risk along the coast at a regional scale through the identification of storm impact hotspots. The Coastal Risk Assessment Framework Phase 1 (CRAF1) is a screening process based on a coastal-index approach that assesses the potential exposure of every kilometre along the coast to previously identified hazards. CRAF1 integrates both hazard (e.g. overwash, erosion) and exposure indicators to create a final Coastal Index (CI). The application of CRAF1 at two contrasting case studies (Ria Formosa, Portugal and the Belgian coast), validated against existing information, demonstrates the utility and reliability of this framework on the identification of hotspots. CRAF1 represents a powerful and useful instrument for coastal managers and/or end-users to identify and rank potential hotspot areas in order to define priorities and support disaster reduction plans.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: E3S Web Conf., Volume 7, 2016, 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016), Article Number = 11008
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 20789
Notes on copyright: Copyright © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (
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Depositing User: Christophe Viavattene
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 09:34
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