Floods in mountain areas: an overview based on examples from Switzerland

Weingartner, R.; Barben, M; Spreafico, M. (2003). Floods in mountain areas: an overview based on examples from Switzerland. Journal of hydrology, 282(1-4), pp. 10-24. Elsevier 10.1016/S0022-1694(03)00249-X

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Mountains cover roughly one quarter of the planet’s surface. Known as the Earth’s water towers they produce a surplus of water that is transported to neighbouring lowlands via the vast river systems. Water as a vital benefit for life also holds dangers as a destructive element in the form of floods. The present paper, aims to discuss the basic aspects of floods in mountain areas and to illustrate them with examples of case studies, mainly from Switzerland. The hydrological characteristics of mountainous areas are described; the particular processes of flood generation in mountain areas, which should be taken into account. The last section is devoted to methods for estimating floods in ungauged catchments.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Hydrology
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Weingartner, Rolf and Spreafico, Manfred

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0022-1694

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Deborah Nathalie Jutzi

Date Deposited:

21 Oct 2019 13:01

Last Modified:

27 Oct 2019 02:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/S0022-1694(03)00249-X

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134019

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134019

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