University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) - Research portal

Logo BOKU Resarch Portal

Hazard assessment for an expected dam break flood in the Hunza Valley, Pakistan: A combination of GIS, Remote Sensing, and computer simulation techniques

Project Leader
Schneider Jean Friedrich, Project Leader
Contact person:
Mergili Martin
Type of Research
Applied Research
Mergili Martin, Sub Projectleader
Gruber Fabian, Project Staff (bis 01.01.2015)
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Applied Geology
Funded by
In January 2010, a huge landslide blocked the Hunza Valley (Pakistan), destroying the village of Attabad and claiming dozens of lives. Behind the dam created by the landslide a lake is continuously building up, which had a length of 12 km in the middle of March 2010. The stability of the dam is considered as critical and an outburs of the lake is expected, though works are going on to build an artificial spillway. The project aims at a hazard assessment of the possible outburst flood, using GIS and Remote Sensing techniques in combination with computer modelling od the dam break and the propagation of the flood. Estimates of the temporal development of the flood will be given, and threatened areas will be delineated in order to support emergency evacuation. The project is embedded in an international network to mitigate the risk emanating from this hazard, including universities, NGOs, and the government of Pakistan.
geology; geographic information systems (GIS); remote sensing;
computer simulation; dam break flood; Hazard assessment; GIS; Pakistan;
© BOKU Wien Imprint