The challenges of developing rainfall intensity-duration-frequency curves and national flood hazard maps for the Caribbean

The challenges of developing rainfall intensity-duration-frequency curves and national flood hazard maps for the Caribbean.
Lumbroso, D.and Boyce, S. and Bast, H. and Walmsley, N.
The Journal of Flood Risk Management, 4 (1). pp. 42-52. (2011)

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Abstract:In many Caribbean countries a lack of established good practice methods means that engineers and planners are often unable to plan for and mitigate floods effectively. In most Caribbean states rainfall intensity – duration – frequency (IDF) curves are not readily available. This is a result of the limited quantity of short duration rainfall data available and also because the few IDF curves that have been developed in the region are generally not in the public domain. The lack of readily available IDF curves in the region often results in engineers responsible for the design of key infrastructure inappropriately “transferring” IDF curves developed for islands, where rainfall is less intense, for use in their designs. There are no countries in the Caribbean with nationally consistent flood hazard maps. This often leaves spatial and emergency planners with insufficient information to make important strategic decisions. This paper details the challenges that were faced in producing rainfall IDF curves for return periods up to 1 in 50 years and nationally consistent extreme fluvial flood extent maps with limited data for selected countries within the Caribbean. Recommendations are made for the future development of rainfall IDF curves and national flood maps in the region both in terms of data and organisational requirements.
Item Type:Article
Subjects:Floods > General
ID Code:605
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