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Extreme flood response to short-duration convective rainfall in South-West Germany

Ruiz-Villanueva, V.; Borga, M.; Zoccatelli, D.; Marchi, L.; Gaume, E.; Ehret, U. 1
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The 2 June 2008 flood-producing storm on the Starzel river basin in South-West Germany is examined as a prototype for organized convective systems that dominate the upper tail of the precipitation frequency distribution and are likely responsible for the flash flood peaks in Central Europe. The availability of high-resolution rainfall estimates from radar observations and a rain gauge network, together with indirect peak discharge estimates from a detailed post-event survey, provided the opportunity to study in detail the hydrometeorological and hydrological mechanisms associated with this extreme storm and the ensuing flood. Radar-derived rainfall, streamgauge data and indirect estimates of peak discharges are used along with a distributed hydrologic model to reconstruct hydrographs at multiple locations. Observations and model results are combined to examine two main questions, (i) assessment of the distribution of the runoff ratio for the 2008 flash flood and how it compares with other less severe floods; and (ii) analysis of how the spatial and temporal distribution of the extreme rainfall, and more specifically storm motion, controls the flood response. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000084415
Veröffentlicht am 12.07.2018
DOI: 10.5194/hess-16-1543-2012
Zitationen: 46
Zitationen: 52
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2012
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1027-5606, 1607-7938
KITopen-ID: 1000084415
Erschienen in Hydrology and earth system sciences
Verlag Copernicus Publications
Band 16
Heft 5
Seiten 1543-1559
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 31.05.2012
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