Dam break simulation, Iraq (2022-04-12)

Collection: CEMS-RRM : CEMS Risk and Recovery Mapping 


Activation date: 2022-04-12
Event type: Flood

Activation reason:

This Copernicus EMS Risk & Recovery Mapping STD activation was triggered by Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), Germany on behalf of The Technical Relief Agency (THW) that is active in Iraq since November 2013. One of the main use would be to support a joint exercise with local authorities in Bagdad and Erbil, region north of Bagdad.The first exercise aims at simulating a dam breach at Lake Hamrin (north of Bagdad and the city of Baqubah). THW would like to know whether a potential flood wave, caused by such a dam breach, would potentially affect (i) the city of Baqubah or even (ii) the airport in the western part of Bagdad. The second exercise, which will consist of mapping, will take place in the city of Shaqlawa near Erbil, and will require detailed reference maps.According to the End User’s (EU) request, the activation focuses on the 3 following AOIs:AOI01: SHAQLAWA (93 km2)AOI02: BAQUBAH (98 km2)AOI03: HAMRIN-BAGHDAD (1,976 km2)The delivered RRM Standard products are:P02-Reference datasets over the city of Shaqlawa (1:5000) and Baqubah (1:10000)Dam break simulation at Hamrin Lake and modellization (P05) of the maximum flood extent and depth up to Baghdad.Mapbooks (P13) for displaying respective results on detailed maps


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How to cite

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2022): Dam break simulation, Iraq (2022-04-12). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:


CEMS Copernicus Copernicus Emergency Management Service Copernicus Emergency Management Service Risk and Recovery Mapping Activation Copernicus EMS Copernicus Service Emergency Emergency Management EMSN122 Flood Iraq IRQ Mapping Risk and Recovery Mapping

Data access

Copernicus EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping Activation [EMSN122]: Dam break simulation, Iraq (2022-04-12)
  • Maps produced in scope of this Copernicus EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping activation downloadable as georeferenced PDFs, TIFFs and JPEGs together with relevant geodatabase (GDB) and complete final report as well.

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