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    • ISSN: 2010-0264 (Print)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Environ. Sci. Dev.
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IJESD 2013 Vol.4(5): 496-500 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2013.V4.402

The Impact of Climate Change on Inundation Potential

Ching-Nuo Chen and Chih-Heng Tsai
Abstract—This study is aimed at using the physiographic inundation model to simulate inundation potential of 24-hour and 48-hour design rainfalls for baseline and climate change scenarios for several return periods and then discuss the impact of climate change on inundation potential. The Typhoon Haitang in 2005 and Typhoon Morakot in 2009 were used to verify the physiographic inundation model by comparing with field investigations. Furthermore, the inundated potential was simulated with the hydrologic conditions for the duration of 24-hour and 48-hour design rainfalls for baseline and climate change scenarios for 25- year, 50- year, 100-year and 200-year return periods. The comparisons reveal that the inundated areas and volumes increase significantly under climate change scenario. Hence, climate change results in more serious flood damages.

Index Terms—Climate change, physiographic inundation model, inundation potential, Geographic Information System.

Ching-Nuo Chen is with Teaching Resources Center, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. 1, Shuefu Road, Neipu, Pingtung 912, Taiwan (e-mail:
Chih-Heng Tsai is with Department of Information Communication, University of Kang Ning. No.188, Sec.5, Anzhong Road, Tainan 709, Taiwan (e-mail:


Cite:Ching-Nuo Chen and Chih-Heng Tsai, "The Impact of Climate Change on Inundation Potential," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 496-500, 2013.

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