Flood Maps provide information on the past and the likely or potential extent of floods and their impacts and play an important role in decision-making, planning and implementing flood management options. These maps form the basis for developing flood risk scenarios based on land use, various environmental and climate conditions and including social and economic conditions. Special uses require additional information including maps that depict exposure to floods of various recurrence periods, flood risks, vulnerability and response information.
The publication is part of the “Flood Management Tools Series” being compiled by the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) and is considered as a resource guide for practitioners. The objective of this tool is to provide guidance to undertake flood mapping exercises for diverse planning processes on local or national level which cover issues like changing land uses and climate change, land use regulations and building codes, impacts of urbanization, emergency response, asset management, flood insurance, or overall public awareness.
The publication was developed with financial and technical support of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN/BAFU).