Evaluation of extensive floods in western/central Europe

Blanka Gvoždíková, Miloslav Müller
2017 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences  
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> This paper addresses the identification and evaluation of extreme flood events in the transitional area between western and central Europe in the period 1951–2013. Floods are evaluated in terms of three variants on an extremity index that combines discharge values with the spatial extent of flooding. The indices differ in the threshold of the considered maximum discharges; the flood extent is expressed by a length of affected river network. This study demonstrates
more » ... study demonstrates that using the index with a higher flood discharge limit changes the floods' rankings significantly. It also highlights the high severity events. <br><br> In general, we detected an increase in the proportion of warm half-year floods when using a higher discharge limit. Nevertheless, cold half-year floods still predominate in the lists because they generally affect large areas. This study demonstrates the increasing representation of warm half-year floods from the northwest to the southeast.</p>
doi:10.5194/hess-21-3715-2017 fatcat:ytlmt2mstrft3dmyqyocod3mve