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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2018-42
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Integrated high-resolution dataset of high intensity Euro-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 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, F-38000 Grenoble, France
6Hydrosciences, UMR5569 CNRS, IRD, Univ. Montpellier, Montpellier, France
7Irstea, UR RiverLy, Lyon-Villeurbanne Center, 68626 Villeurbanne, France
8IFSTTAR, GERS, EE, F-44344 Bouguenais, France
9CNR IRPI, Padova, Italy
10Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of 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 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 3000 km2), 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-triggered rainfall fields and of the effects of their estimation on the flood response modelling. The dataset is made available to the public as a "public dataset" with the following DOI: (https://doi.org/10.6096/mistrals-hymex.1493).
Citation: Amponsah, W., Ayral, P.-A., Boudevillain, B., Bouvier, C., Braud, I., Brunet, P., Delrieu, G., Didon-Lescot, J.-F., Gaume, E., Lebouc, L., Marchi, L., Marra, F., Morin, E., Nord, G., Payrastre, O., Zoccatelli, D., and Borga, M.: Integrated high-resolution dataset of high intensity Euro-Mediterranean flash floods, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2018-42, in review, 2018.
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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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