The beginning of a research started 7 years ago when Hazus-MH flood model was adapted to satisfy needs of European Flood Directive - map hazard and risk maps. Later on it was adapted to international scale and it was able to perform flood risk analysis (and damage assessment) internationally. Additionally VGI functionality has been added to this application - it was able to easily acquire essential facilities, required for flood risk analysis, from VGI (Volunteer Geographic Information) systems such as Open Street Map with almost no effort.
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
HAZ-I is operational and has been tested in multiple sites: from US, Canada, to Japan, Hong Kong and other countries. Flood risk and damages were assessed and evaluated.

How does it work?

Firstly, a Hazus-MH application which is free to download, has to be installed. Second, an ESRI ArcGIS has to be installed as well. Third, a python script collection is downloaded and an ESRI ArcMap MXD document is opened where all the scripts are in place. User navigates and with few clicks creates a study region. Another functions enable user to download critical information (i.e. schools, police stations, hospitals etc.) from Open Street Map server or population data from other sources for selected region. Later on this data is added via Hazus-MH inventory. In the end user overwrites a created region on a default Hazus-MH inventory and is able to perform flood risk analysis for a custom study region not restricted by US boundaries.