Articles | Volume 26, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2469-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2469-2022
Review article
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12 May 2022
Review article |  | 12 May 2022

Flood generation: process patterns from the raindrop to the ocean

Günter Blöschl

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Sound understanding of how floods come about allows for the development of more reliable flood management tools that assist in mitigating their negative impacts. This article reviews river flood generation processes and flow paths across space scales, starting from water movement in the soil pores and moving up to hillslopes, catchments, regions and entire continents. To assist model development, there is a need to learn from observed patterns of flood generation processes at all spatial scales.