Articles | Volume 24, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5355–5377, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5355-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5355–5377, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5355-2020

Research article 16 Nov 2020

Research article | 16 Nov 2020

Contrasting seasonal changes in total and intense precipitation in the European Alps from 1903 to 2010

Martin Ménégoz et al.

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The study investigates precipitation changes in the Alps, using observations and a 7 km resolution climate simulation over 1900–2010. An increase in mean precipitation is found in winter over the Alps, whereas a drying occurred in summer in the surrounding plains. A general increase in the daily annual maximum of precipitation is evidenced (20 to 40 % per century), suggesting an increase in extreme events that is significant only when considering long time series, typically 50 to 80 years.