FRM 1 - Theses

Masters theses of the FRM 1 group (2011-2013). Theses commenced in February 2013 and were completed in August 2013.

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Patricia Lopez Brian Sempijja Lydia Cumiskey Tegegne Tarekegen Shristi Vaidya Atiqul Islam Hadush Kidane Siobhan Gleeson Nilay Dogulu Richard Vause Vu Minh Duc Anthony Grady Tamim Al Hossain Maria Vasilyeva Ryanne Koper Katarzyna Bozek Fabio Amador Kayta Fandakova


Fabio Amador - UNESCO-IHE
Development of a Methodology for Producing Probabilistic Flood Maps of River-Wetland Systems. Case Study Magdalena River, Colombia
Fabio AmadorThe objective of this study is to develop a methodology to produce probabilistic flood maps of river-wetland systems. The methodology will be applied in the wetlands of the lower Magdalena River catchment. The study will focus on the analysis of the uncertainty associated with the connections river-wetland.
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Katarzyna Bozek - University of Ljubljana
Impacts of Floods on Natural Protected Areas in the Sava River Catchment
Katarzyna BozekProject objective is to analyse the effects of floods on natural protected areas of Lonjsko Polhe, Croatia and Obedska Bara, Serbia. Impact analysis will include vulnerability assessment and risk maps produced for animals in the protected areas as well as flood frequency analysis and hydraulic modelling.

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Lydia Cumiskey - Deltares
Flood early warning communication using mobile services in Bangladesh
Lydia CumiskeyThe research will determine benefits of disseminating targeted flood early warning information through mobile services to different local level end user stakeholders groups, through measuring their hypothetical response. Research methodology - workshops (mock exercises/simulations).
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Nilay Dogulu - UNESCO-IHE
From deterministic to uncertainty-based flood forecasting
Nilay DoguluUncertainty analysis (UA) of hydrological models is substantial for a better flood risk management in terms of decision-making in operational hydrology. In literature, there are several methods available to estimate predictive uncertainty of hydrological models. This thesis aims at comparing the performance of various UA methods on different case studies from Nepal, England, and Italy.
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Katya Fandakova - DHI
Climate Change Impact Assessment of Flood Risk Using an Ensemble Modelling Approach
Katya FandakovaThe MSc project aims to develop and apply an ensemble modelling approach for climate change impact assessment of flood risk that includes assigning relative uncertainties in climate model projections, statistical downscaling and hydrological and hydraulic modelling. Case study orientated.

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Siobhan Gleeson - Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona
Complete Risk Mangement Plan for Girona City
Siobhan GleesonObjective is to create a 1D model for the Onyar river in Girona, identify and map hazards, complete a vulnerability assessment and develop a risk analysis with accompanying flood risk management plan. The project involves the field work and co-operation with the municipality of Girona city and the Catalunya water agency.

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Anthony Grady - UNESCO, Paris
An Evaluation of the Disaster Management Institutional and Associated Policy Framework of Indonesia
Anthony GradyThe thesis will investigate whether the current institutional and policy framework in Indonesia is sufficient to effectively realize disaster management. A gap analysis of the current situation will be conducted to identify shortcomings and as a foundation for recommendations to improve the current framework.
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Tamim Al Hosain - TUD, Dresden
Analysis of Climate Model Output for Extreme Precipitation - 1962-2100, Central Saxony
Tamim Al HossainThe study focuses on analysing observed precipitation data series and climate model outputs (both statistically and dynamically downscaled), developing a statistical correction function to correct the RCM outputs for inherent damping and statistical problems with extreme event outputs with emphasis on spatial correction and dynamic downscaling.

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Atiqul Islam - Center of Applied Research on Hydrometeorology (CRAHI), UPC
Space-Time Blending of Radar Rainfall Products with Rain Gauge Measurements and TMPA Products.
Atiqul IslamThe goal of this project is to extend the concepts of the combination of radar observations with rain gauge records to include the temporal dimension in the blending. This research will also focus on the use of TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) products with radar and rain gauge measurements including case study area in USA and Bangladesh.

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Hadush Kidane - UWIG, Guadeloupe
Knowledge Discovery and Optimization Techniques Applied to Flood Forecasting Models in Caribbean River Watersheds
Hadush KidaneI plan to explore the relevance of modular and hybrid solutions in the particular case of flash flood phenomena in Caribbean watersheds. Different ways and criteria for partitioning an entire basin either geographically or logically will be trained.
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Ryanne Koper - LOCC National Operations Centre / Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands
Large-scale Evacuation in the Netherlands During a Flood Disaster: Decision Making and Operational Response.
Ryanne KoperResearch will be on the decision making process and its operational response during large-scale evacuation. A stakeholder analysis will be applied followed by the analysis of the decision-making process through a decision tree concept. The outcome contributes to the discussion if the national government should intervene in large-scale evacuation.

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Patricia Lopez - Deltares
Improving the Estimation of Predictive Hydrological Uncertainty Using Quantile Regression: Examples from the NFFS (England and Wales)
Patricia LopezAn effective decision making process in flood early warning systems is only possible if the forecasting includes uncertainty. Quantile Regression is a post-processor method to estimate uncertainty that will be evaluated, improved and compared with other methods. The test case study is the Midlands region (River Severn), UK.

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Brian Sempijja - TUD, Dresden
Stakeholder Analysis to Map Key Actors of Flood Risk Management and Their Activities: A Case Study of Kampala, Uganda
Brian SempijjaCould poor stakeholder involvement and collaboration in flood risk management activities be one of the causes of continued increase of flood risks in communities? The researcher will identify stakeholders of FRM in general; analyse the roles and responsibilities of key actors in FRM and derive recommendations for further research and actions.

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Tegegne Tarekegen - UNESCO-IHE
A Bayesian Approach to Estimate Rainfall from Rain Gauges and TRMM Data
Tegegne TarekegenSatellite rainfall product (TRMM) and ground based raingauge rainfall measurements will be merged using the Bayesian data fusion method and the quality of the new fused rainfall data will be tested using a hydrological model. This study will also to try to find out the optimum time and space resolution for the comparison of the two data sets.

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Shristi Vaidya - TUD, Dresden
Risk Perception of Stakeholders in Flood Risk Management
Shristi VaidyaThe research objectgive is to find the means by which experts can contribute to reduce the gap between risk perceptions of experts and those of lay people in flood risk management. The discrepancies in risk perception will be observed based on several risk factors using semi-structured interviews.

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Maria Vasilyeva - DHI
Flood Modelling Using Weather Generators
Maria VasilyevaThe objectives of the project is to develop and apply a continuous modelling approach using weather generators for flood frequency estimation and flood mapping. Weather generators will be applied for generating long time series of weather variables, later used for the hydrological and hydraulic modelling of a case study.

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Richard Vause - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig
The Communication and Visualisation of Uncertainty in Flood Hazard Maps: User-specific Representations for the UK Public
Richard VauseThe inclusion of uncertainty, inherent in flood mapping, can provide a more appropriate representation of flood hazard, facilitating more-informed decision making. A participatory methodology is adopted for a UK case study, assessing how uncertainty communication and visualisation can be improved for the public. Working alongside Flood Hazard Research Centre, UK.

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Duc Vu Minh - University of Ljubljana & University of Brescia
Hydrological and Hydraulic Uncertainties in Flood Hazard Mapping
Vu Minh DucThis works investigates the flooding problem of Vipava/Vipacco river basin shared by Slovenia and Italy. The final results are flood hazard maps (velocity, depth, duration) for different return periods.


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