Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Research article
06 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 06 Apr 2020

The role of flood wave superposition in the severity of large floods

Björn Guse, Bruno Merz, Luzie Wietzke, Sophie Ullrich, Alberto Viglione, and Sergiy Vorogushyn


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (23 Nov 2019) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (05 Feb 2020)  Author's response
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Feb 2020)
ED: Publish as is (10 Feb 2020) by Markus Hrachowitz
Short summary
Floods are influenced by river network processes, among others. Flood characteristics of tributaries may affect flood severity downstream of confluences. The impact of flood wave superposition is investigated with regard to magnitude and temporal matching of flood peaks. Our study in Germany and Austria shows that flood wave superposition is not the major driver of flood severity. However, there is the potential for large floods at some confluences in cases of temporal matching of flood peaks.