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DOI 10.5281/zenodo.7688006
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Titel (primär) Widespread flood severity index time series for Germany [Data set]
Autor Tarasova, L.
Quelle Zenodo
Erscheinungsjahr 2023
Department CATHYD
Sprache englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Abstract Spatially co-occurring floods pose a threat to the resilience and recovery of the communities. Their timely forecasting plays a crucial role for increasing flood preparedness and limiting associated losses. In this study we investigated the potential of a dilated Convolutional Neural Network (dCNN) model conditioned on large-scale climatic indices and antecedent precipitation to forecast monthly severity of widespread flooding (i.e., spatially co-occurring floods) in Germany with 1 month lead time. The severity was estimated from 63 years of daily streamflow series as the sum of concurrent exceedances of at-site 2-year return periods within a given month across 172 mesoscale catchments (median area 516 km2). The model was trained individually for the whole country and three diverse hydroclimatic regions to provide insights on heterogeneity of model performance and flood drivers. Our results showed a considerable potential for forecasting widespread flood severity using dCNN especially as the length of training series increases. However, event-based evaluation of model skill indicates large underestimation for rainfall-generated floods during dry conditions despite overall lower severity of these events compared to the rain-on-snow floods. Feature attribution and wavelet coherence analyses both indicated considerable difference in the major flood drivers in three regions. While the flooding in North-Eastern region is strongly affected by the Baltic Sea, the North-Western region is affected more by global patterns associated with the El-Niño activity. In the Southern region in addition to global patterns we detected the effect of the Mediterranean Sea, while antecedent precipitation plays a less important role in this region.
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Tarasova, L. (2023):
Widespread flood severity index time series for Germany [Data set]
Zenodo 10.5281/zenodo.7688006