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Volume 10, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1783-1794, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1783-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1783-1794, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1783-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Peer-reviewed comment 05 Oct 2018

Peer-reviewed comment | 05 Oct 2018

Integrated high-resolution dataset of high-intensity European and Mediterranean flash floods

William Amponsah1,2, Pierre-Alain Ayral3,4, Brice Boudevillain5, Christophe Bouvier6, Isabelle Braud7, Pascal Brunet6, Guy Delrieu5, Jean-François Didon-Lescot3, Eric Gaume8, Laurent Lebouc8, Lorenzo Marchi9, Francesco Marra10, Efrat Morin10, Guillaume Nord5, Olivier Payrastre8, Davide Zoccatelli10, and Marco Borga1 William Amponsah et al.
  • 1Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, Legnaro, Italy
  • 2Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, College of Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 3ESPACE, UMR7300 CNRS, “Antenne Cevenole”, Université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, France
  • 4LGEI, IMT Mines Ales, Univ Montpellier, Ales, France
  • 5Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, IRD, Grenoble INP, IGE, 38000 Grenoble, France
  • 6Hydrosciences, UMR5569 CNRS, IRD, Univ. Montpellier, Montpellier, France
  • 7Irstea, UR RiverLy, Lyon-Villeurbanne Center, 68626 Villeurbanne, France
  • 8IFSTTAR, GERS, EE, 44344 Bouguenais, France
  • 9CNR IRPI, Padua, Italy
  • 10Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Abstract. This paper describes an integrated, high-resolution dataset of hydro-meteorological variables (rainfall and discharge) concerning a number of high-intensity flash floods that occurred in Europe and in the Mediterranean region from 1991 to 2015. This type of dataset is rare in the scientific literature because flash floods are typically poorly observed hydrological extremes. Valuable features of the dataset (hereinafter referred to as the EuroMedeFF database) include (i) its coverage of varied hydro-climatic regions, ranging from Continental Europe through the Mediterranean to Arid climates, (ii) the high space–time resolution radar rainfall estimates, and (iii) the dense spatial sampling of the flood response, by observed hydrographs and/or flood peak estimates from post-flood surveys. Flash floods included in the database are selected based on the limited upstream catchment areas (up to 3000km2), the limited storm durations (up to 2 days), and the unit peak flood magnitude. The EuroMedeFF database comprises 49 events that occurred in France, Israel, Italy, Romania, Germany and Slovenia, and constitutes a sample of rainfall and flood discharge extremes in different climates. The dataset may be of help to hydrologists as well as other scientific communities because it offers benchmark data for the identification and analysis of the hydro-meteorological causative processes, evaluation of flash flood hydrological models and for hydro-meteorological forecast systems. The dataset also provides a template for the analysis of the space–time variability of flash flood triggering rainfall fields and of the effects of their estimation on the flood response modelling. The dataset is made available to the public with the following DOI: https://doi.org/10.6096/MISTRALS-HyMeX.1493.

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The EuroMedeFF database comprises 49 events that occurred in France, Israel, Germany, Slovenia, Romania, and Italy. The dataset may be of help to hydrologists as well as other scientific communities because it offers benchmark data for the verification of flash flood hydrological models and for hydro-meteorological forecast systems. It provides, moreover, a sample of rainfall and flood discharge extremes in different climates.
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