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Title: INCA - Flood Control - ES Flow - 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 actual use or flow of ecosystems to control floods. Actual use of the service is based on the spatial relation between the service providing area and the service demanding area. It is expressed as the number of ha of demand protected by upstream ecosystems which serve as service providing areas. The data is available for catchment for 2006 and 2012.

A detailed description of the calculation is ...

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

  • Download Flood Control Actual Flow 2012 TIFF

    The compressed zipfile contains an ESRI standard vector file "Actual_flow_catch_allyears.shp" with the use of the service aggregated at catchment level. Actual flow Catchment (ha)=sum[Relative use (ratio)pixel size (ha)] Columns: HydroID > unique ID to be used as common field; maxuse06/12_ha > sum of the "Actual_flow06/12_max.tif" at catchment level...


  • 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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