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Proc. IAHS, 370, 89-95, 2015
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11 Jun 2015
A European Flood Database: facilitating comprehensive flood research beyond administrative boundaries
J. Hall1, B. Arheimer2, G. T. Aronica3, A. Bilibashi4, M. Boháč5, O. Bonacci6, M. Borga7, P. Burlando8, A. Castellarin9, G. B. Chirico10, P. Claps11, K. Fiala12, L. Gaál1, L. Gorbachova13, A. Gül14, J. Hannaford15, A. Kiss1, T. Kjeldsen16, S. Kohnová17, J. J. Koskela18, N. Macdonald19,20, M. Mavrova-Guirguinova21, O. Ledvinka5, L. Mediero22, B. Merz23, R. Merz24, P. Molnar7, A. Montanari8, M. Osuch25, J. Parajka1, R. A. P. Perdigão1, I. Radevski26, B. Renard27, M. Rogger1, J. L. Salinas1, E. Sauquet27, M. Šraj28, J. Szolgay17, A. Viglione1, E. Volpi29, D. Wilson30, K. Zaimi31, and G. Blöschl1 1Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
2Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping, Sweden
3Department of Civil, Informatics, Architectural, Environmental Engineering and Applied Mathematics, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
4CSE – Control Systems Engineer, Renewable Energy Systems & Technology, Tirana, Albania
5Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
6Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, Split University, Split, Croatia
7Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, Padua, Italy
8Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
9Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
10Department of Agriculture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
11Department Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
12Lower Tisza District Water Directorate, Szeged, Hungary
13Department Hydrological Research, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute, Kiev, Ukraine
14Department of Civil Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
15Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
16Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK
17Department of Land and Water Resources Management (Faculty of Civil Engineering), Slovak University of Technology Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
18Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland
19Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
20Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
21University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria
22Department of Civil Engineering: Hydraulic, Energy and Environment, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
23Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
24Department for Catchment Hydrology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle, Germany
25Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Hydrology and Hydrodynamics, Warsaw, Poland
26Institute of Geography, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
27Irstea, UR HHLY, Hydrology-Hydraulics Research Unit, Lyon, France
28Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
29Department of Engineering, University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
30Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Oslo, Norway
31Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment (IGEWE), Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
Abstract. The current work addresses one of the key building blocks towards an improved understanding of flood processes and associated changes in flood characteristics and regimes in Europe: the development of a comprehensive, extensive European flood database. The presented work results from ongoing cross-border research collaborations initiated with data collection and joint interpretation in mind. A detailed account of the current state, characteristics and spatial and temporal coverage of the European Flood Database, is presented.

At this stage, the hydrological data collection is still growing and consists at this time of annual maximum and daily mean discharge series, from over 7000 hydrometric stations of various data series lengths. Moreover, the database currently comprises data from over 50 different data sources. The time series have been obtained from different national and regional data sources in a collaborative effort of a joint European flood research agreement based on the exchange of data, models and expertise, and from existing international data collections and open source websites. These ongoing efforts are contributing to advancing the understanding of regional flood processes beyond individual country boundaries and to a more coherent flood research in Europe.

Citation: Hall, J., Arheimer, B., Aronica, G. T., Bilibashi, A., Boháč, M., Bonacci, O., Borga, M., Burlando, P., Castellarin, A., Chirico, G. B., Claps, P., Fiala, K., Gaál, L., Gorbachova, L., Gül, A., Hannaford, J., Kiss, A., Kjeldsen, T., Kohnová, S., Koskela, J. J., Macdonald, N., Mavrova-Guirguinova, M., Ledvinka, O., Mediero, L., Merz, B., Merz, R., Molnar, P., Montanari, A., Osuch, M., Parajka, J., Perdigão, R. A. P., Radevski, I., Renard, B., Rogger, M., Salinas, J. L., Sauquet, E., Šraj, M., Szolgay, J., Viglione, A., Volpi, E., Wilson, D., Zaimi, K., and Blöschl, G.: A European Flood Database: facilitating comprehensive flood research beyond administrative boundaries, Proc. IAHS, 370, 89-95,, 2015.
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