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Floodplain statistics viewer

Dashboard (Tableau)
Prod-ID: DAS-116-en
Published 03 Mar 2020
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This viewer provides statistics on spatial extent and land use distribution of floodplain areas of Europe. Here, floodplains are defined as the flood prone area, i.e. the area that would be flooded during a 100-year flood, if there were no flood protection in place. Most flood prone areas are, however, protected against flooding. The statistics are presented in a series of dashboards providing an overview of floodplain characteristics, by country, by river basin districts, and in Natura 2000 sites. The statistics include the extent of floodplains, their ecosystem distribution based on MAES classification and the Copernicus Riparian Zone Products, as well as land cover flows between 2000 and 2018.

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Floodplains and flood prone areas are relevant for several European policies: the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats and Birds Directives, and the Floods Directive. They represent the transition between land and freshwater ecosystems, with hydrology, soil and biotic conditions strongly influenced stream water and flooding. They provide a range of important ecosystem services such as nutrient and water retention, flood control, carbon sequestration, a diversity of aquatic and wetland habitats, but they are under pressure. Through the LIFE+ programme, the European Union has supported a number of restoration projects.

 

 

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