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Title: INCA - Flood Control - ES Demand - 2006-2012


This dataset is an output of KIP INCA.

All ecosystems but in particular forests, shrubland, grasslands and wetlands reduce runoff by retaining water in the soil and aquifers and slowing down the water flow. This prevents the rapid downstream runoff of surface water, hereby lowering peak runoff, and thus reduces the detrimental effects to citizens, farmland, and infrastructure from flooding. The accounting approach developed here presents the potential of ecosystems to regulate water flows together with the socio-economic demand for protection against river floods.

This dataset presents the demand for flood control as an ecosystem service. This demand for flood control is defined as the area of economic assets located in flood plains. More specifically, demand accounts for the total spatial extent of economic assets that could be potentially affected by a 1 in 500 year flood, independently of whether they are protected by defense measures or natural capital.

The dataset expresses ...

Sara Vallecillo 0000-0002-5105-6253
How to cite
Vallecillo, Sara (2019):  INCA - Flood Control - ES Demand - 2006-2012. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Data access

  • Download Flood Control Demand 2006 2012 TIFF

    Shapefile "Demand_allyears.shp": units are ha of demand (from the boolean input layers of demand) Columns: HydroID > unique ID to use as common field; AreaSqKm > catchment size; Max_06/Max_12 > maximum demand in ha for 2006 and 2012 (in a return period of 500 years); shmax_06/shmax12 > share of the maximum demand within each catchment for 2006 and 2012;


  • publication Ecosystem services accounting - Part II Pilot accounts for crop and timber provision, global climate regulation and flood control

    Vallecillo Rodriguez, S., La Notte, A., Kakoulaki, G., Kamberaj, J., Robert, N., Dottori, F., Feyen, L., Rega, C. and Maes, J., Ecosystem services accounting - Part II Pilot accounts for crop and timber provision, global climate regulation and flood control, EUR 29731 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2019, ISBN 978-92-76-02905-2 (online), doi:10.2760/631588 (online), JRC116334.


Additional information
Issue date 2019-08-27
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Temporal coverage

From: 2006-01-01 – To: 2012-01-01

Update frequency not planned
Language English
Data theme(s) Economy and finance; Environment
EuroVoc concept(s) biotope; land use
Geographic information

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Geographic bounding box

81.4° N, 43.2° E, 35.3° S, -11.5° W

Coordinate Reference System ETRS89 / LAEA Europe

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