Articles | Volume 25, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3759–3781, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3759-2021

Special issue: Understanding compound weather and climate events and related...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3759–3781, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3759-2021

Research article 01 Jul 2021

Research article | 01 Jul 2021

Classifying compound coastal storm and heavy rainfall events in the north-western Spanish Mediterranean

Marc Sanuy et al.

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This paper is a preliminary study to characterize events of simultaneous heavy rainfall and damaging waves at the regional scale (~600 km of coastline) in the NW Mediterranean. The atmospheric pressure conditions of such events are also classified into three main weather types, which are characterized in terms of severity of the forcing and probability of co-occurrence of simultaneous hazardous waves and rain. The study also presents some historical cases that are compared with obtained results.