Flood Hazard Index Application in Arid Catchments: Case of the TaguenitWadi Watershed, Lakhssas, Morocco




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Ikirri, Mustapha
Faik, Farid
Echogdali, Fatima Zahra
Antunes, Isabel Margarida Horta Ribeiro
Abioui, Mohamed
Abdelrahman, Kamal
Fnais, Mohammed S.
Wanaim, Abderrahmane
Id-Belqas, Mouna
Boutaleb, Said

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During the last decade, climate change has generated extreme rainfall events triggering flash floods in short periods worldwide. The delimitation of flood zones by detailed mapping generally makes it possible to avoid human and economic losses, especially in regions at high risk of flooding. The Taguenit basin, located in southern Morocco, is a particular case. The mapping of the flood zones of this basin by the method of the Flood Hazard Index (FHI) in a GIS geographic information systems environment was based on the multi-criteria analysis, taking into consideration the seven parameters influencing these extreme phenomena, namely rainfall, slope, flow accumulation, drainage network density, distance from rivers, permeability, and land use. Average annual rainfall data for 37 years (1980 to 2016) was used in this study for floodplain mapping. A weight was calculated for each parameter using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. The combination of the maps of the different parameters made it possible to draw up a final map classified into five risk intervals: very high, high, moderate, lower and very lower presenting, respectively, 8.04%, 20.63%, 31.47%, 15.36%, and 24.50% of the area of the basin. The reliability of this method was tested by a Flood susceptibility analysis. The results generated by the Flood Hazard Index (FHI) model are similar to those of previous historical events. Realistic and applicable solutions have been proposed to minimize the impact of these floods as much as possible.


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CLIMATE CHANGE, Flood Hazard Index (FHI), Taguenit Wadi catchment, Flood susceptibility, MOROCCO, CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO