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Volume 370
Proc. IAHS, 370, 235–242, 2015
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  11 Jun 2015

11 Jun 2015

Crash tests for forward-looking flood control in the city of Zürich (Switzerland)

M. Zappa et al.

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The most severe threat for the city of Zürich (Switzerland) are flash-floods from the small Sihl river. An assessment using a rainfall-runoff model evaluated more than 40000 extreme flood scenarios. These scenarios identified deficits for the safety of Zürich. The combination of different structural and flood management measures can lead to an optimal safety also in case of unfavorable initial conditions. Pending questions concern the costs, political decisions and the environmental matters.
The most severe threat for the city of Zürich (Switzerland) are flash-floods from the small...
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