Articles | Volume 384
Proc. IAHS, 384, 219–224, 2021
Proc. IAHS, 384, 219–224, 2021

Pre-conference publication 16 Nov 2021

Pre-conference publication | 16 Nov 2021

Assessment of flood discharge sensitivity to climate indexes in West Africa

Jean Hounkpè et al.

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Floods are natural disasters that widely affect people, goods, and ecosystems. Some efforts have been made in predicting floods at a short-term range. However, the usefulness of flood prediction increases as the time lead increases. This work investigated covariates useful for flood prediction several months ahead. Very good relationships were found between flood discharge and some climate indexes which could serve as a basis for seasonal flood forecasting in West Africa.