The major purpose of these guidelines is to give guidance to practitioners in governmental authorities and executing bodies dealing with ex-ante flood damage evaluation in order to appropriately appraise public flood defence projects or strategies on different spatial scales. The guidelines demonstrate how to proceed step by step in flood damage evaluations (especially chapters 3-4). Chapter 3 describes the state-of-the-art in evaluating direct, tangible flood damages. This chapter can be used by practitioners of countries with few or even no experience in flood damage evaluation in order to find an appropriate start into the endeavour of applying flood damage evaluation as a decision support tool.
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