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12 May 2016
 | 12 May 2016

Small-scale (flash) flood early warning in the light of operational requirements: opportunities and limits with regard to user demands, driving data, and hydrologic modeling techniques

Andy Philipp, Florian Kerl, Uwe Büttner, Christine Metzkes, Thomas Singer, Michael Wagner, and Niels Schütze


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Short summary
The paper identifies the opportunities and limits of flood early warning in small catchments. Flood early warning for small, fast-responding catchments usually need to include rainfall forecasts. First, the demands of potential users of warning products are assessed. Second, the quality and limitations of rainfall forecasts (emerging from meteorological forecasting uncertainty) are investigated. Third, different flood forecasting techniques are compared.