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Volume 19, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3903–3924, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3903-2015
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3903–3924, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3903-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 17 Sep 2015

Research article | 17 Sep 2015

Flood triggering in Switzerland: the role of daily to monthly preceding precipitation

P. Froidevaux et al.

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We investigate precipitation characteristics prior to 4000 annual floods in Switzerland since 1961. The floods were preceded by heavy precipitation, but in most catchments extreme precipitation occurred only during the last 3 days prior to the flood events. Precipitation sums for earlier time periods (like e.g. 4-14 days prior to floods) were mostly average and do not correlate with the return period of the floods.
We investigate precipitation characteristics prior to 4000 annual floods in Switzerland since...
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