Articles | Volume 10, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2269–2279, 2010
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 2269–2279, 2010

  16 Nov 2010

16 Nov 2010

Mid-level synoptic analysis of flood-generating systems in South-west of Iran (case study: Dalaki watershed river basin)

A. A. Sabziparvar1, A. Parandeh2, H. Lashkari3, and H. Yazdanpanah4 A. A. Sabziparvar et al.
  • 1Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, 65174, I. R. Iran
  • 2Meteorological Research Centre, Esfahan, I. R. Iran
  • 3Department of Geography, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, I. R. Iran
  • 4Department of Geography, University of Esfahan, Esfahan, I. R. Iran

Abstract. Flood is known as one of the most distractive natural disaster worldwide. Therefore, its prediction is of great importance from the socio-economical point of view. Despite the great improvement in computational techniques and numerical weather prediction approaches, so far, in Iran, an acceptable flood prediction method has not yet been introduced. The main aim of this study is to recognize and classify the patterns of synoptic systems leading to torrential rainfalls in a watershed basin located in south-west of Iran. In this research, 20 major floods characterized by high rainfall intensities and severe damage were selected. The pattern, extension, and the direction of movement of the selected synoptic maps from surface to 500 hPa pressure levels were identified. Furthermore, the position of cyclones, anti-cyclones and mid-level trough lines were carefully tracked and classified into different groups. The results show that the major severe floods occurring in Dalaki watershed river basin are mainly influenced by strengthening of the center of Sudan heat low (SHL) and the coincidence moisture feeding by the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It was found that simultaneous merging of the SHL system and Mediterranean frontal system would intensify the flood intensities over the basin. The mean positions of high pressures, low pressures, the Red Sea trough lines and 1015 hPa isobars of the major floods are also discussed.