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Volume 9, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 135–144, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-9-135-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: Mediterranean Storms (Plinius 2007)

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 135–144, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-9-135-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  16 Feb 2009

16 Feb 2009

Rainfall thresholds and flood warning: an operative case study

V. Montesarchio, F. Lombardo, and F. Napolitano V. Montesarchio et al.
  • Department of Hydraulics, Highways and Roads, "Sapienza" University of Rome, 00184 Rome, Italy

Abstract. An operative methodology for rainfall thresholds definition is illustrated, in order to provide at critical river section optimal flood warnings. Threshold overcoming could produce a critical situation in river sites exposed to alluvial risk and trigger the prevention and emergency system alert. The procedure for the definition of critical rainfall threshold values is based both on the quantitative precipitation observed and the hydrological response of the basin. Thresholds values specify the precipitation amount for a given duration that generates a critical discharge in a given cross section and are estimated by hydrological modelling for several scenarios (e.g.: modifying the soil moisture conditions). Some preliminary results, in terms of reliability analysis (presence of false alarms and missed alarms, evaluated using indicators like hit rate and false alarm rate) for the case study of Mignone River are presented.

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