Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Research article
16 Jan 2015
Research article |  | 16 Jan 2015

What made the June 2013 flood in Germany an exceptional event? A hydro-meteorological evaluation

K. Schröter, M. Kunz, F. Elmer, B. Mühr, and B. Merz


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Short summary
Extreme antecedent precipitation, increased initial hydraulic load in the river network and strong but not extraordinary event precipitation were key drivers for the flood in June 2013 in Germany. Our results are based on extreme value statistics and aggregated severity indices which we evaluated for a set of 74 historic large-scale floods. This flood database and the methodological framework enable the rapid assessment of future floods using precipitation and discharge observations.