Regional analysis of the generation of extreme floods

S Uhlenbrook, A Steinbrich, Doerthe Tetzlaff, C Leibundgut

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Abstract

The significance of meteorological input and the physiographic basin properties for runoff generation during extreme floods (recurrence intervals of greater than 10 years) was investigated for 29 mesoscale basins in southwest Germany. Precipitation was found to be most significant for causing floods whereas digital data available on physiographic features were less significant. A distinct seasonality in the occurrence of extreme floods and a less pronounced seasonality of precipitation events were found. In addition, different recurrence intervals for precipitation and flood events were calculated for different seasons. This finding should be considered in applied hydrological studies for a reliable flood assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFRIEND 2002-REGIONAL HYDROLOGY: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
EditorsHAJ VanLanen, S Demuth
Place of PublicationWallingford
PublisherINT ASSOC HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES
Pages243-249
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1-901502-81-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event4th International Conference on FRIEND - CAPE TOWN
Duration: 18 Mar 200222 Mar 2002

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on FRIEND
CityCAPE TOWN
Period18/03/0222/03/02

Keywords

  • extreme floods
  • extreme precipitation
  • seasonality
  • correlation analysis
  • Baden-Wurttemberg

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Uhlenbrook, S., Steinbrich, A., Tetzlaff, D., & Leibundgut, C. (2002). Regional analysis of the generation of extreme floods. In HAJ. VanLanen, & S. Demuth (Eds.), FRIEND 2002-REGIONAL HYDROLOGY: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE (pp. 243-249). Wallingford: INT ASSOC HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES.