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Volume 17, issue 7 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1177-1190, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 14 Jul 2017

Research article | 14 Jul 2017

Increasing frequencies and changing characteristics of heavy precipitation events threatening infrastructure in Europe under climate change

Katrin M. Nissen and Uwe Ulbrich
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Short summary
The effect of climate change on potentially infrastructure damaging heavy precipitation events in Europe is investigated. A novel technique records not only event frequency but also event size, duration and severity as these parameters determine the potential consequences of the event. Over most of Europe the frequency and size of heavy precipitation events is predicted to increase. Moreover, the most severe events are predicted for future periods.
The effect of climate change on potentially infrastructure damaging heavy precipitation events...