Articles | Volume 22, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3761–3775, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3761-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3761–3775, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3761-2018

Research article 16 Jul 2018

Research article | 16 Jul 2018

Defining and analyzing the frequency and severity of flood events to improve risk management from a reinsurance standpoint

Elliott P. Morrill and Joseph F. Becker

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (16 Nov 2017) by Bill X. Hu
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (04 Jan 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Jan 2018) by Bill X. Hu
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Feb 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (13 Mar 2018)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Apr 2018) by Bill X. Hu
AR by Elliott Morrill on behalf of the Authors (23 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 May 2018) by Bill X. Hu
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (15 May 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (26 Jun 2018)
ED: Publish as is (03 Jul 2018) by Bill X. Hu
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The goal of the paper was to develop a method to identify the length and severity of flood events for (re)insurance and risk management usage. We took publically available nationwide discharge data from the USGS to apply our method to. We were able to define a peak and a threshold for each individual site, which served as the basis of our method. The hope was that the method would help replace the current standard hours clause and hopefully improve how flood insurance is covered internationally.