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The thresholds used to include an event in the database makes then less accurate for smaller events, still having a significant impact. In the reporting of the preliminary flood risk assessment for the European directive on the assessment and management of flood risks (EC 2007c), EU member states gave an overview of significant past floods. In addition, a European flood impact database can bring together publicly available inventories of flood events. Therefore, the EEA collected metadata of existing national and regional hazard and impact databases from all over Europe exploring possibilities for a common European data entrance.

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