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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1805–1822, 2020
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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1805-2020
Research article
09 Apr 2020
Research article | 09 Apr 2020

Flood trends in Europe: are changes in small and big floods different?

Miriam Bertola et al.

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We investigate changes that occurred in small vs. big flood events and in small vs. large catchments across Europe over 5 decades. Annual maximum discharge series between 1960 and 2010 from 2370 gauges in Europe are analysed. Distinctive patterns of flood regime change are identified for large regions across Europe, which depend on flood magnitude and catchment size.