Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3311–3326, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-3311-2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3311–3326, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-3311-2018

Research article 14 Dec 2018

Research article | 14 Dec 2018

The role of atmospheric rivers in compound events consisting of heavy precipitation and high storm surges along the Dutch coast

Nina Ridder et al.

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The simultaneous occurrence of heavy precipitation and high coastal surge levels increases coastal flood risk. This study analyses the driving mechanisms behind these so-called compound events along the Dutch coast. It provides a first classification of events using the presence of atmospheric rivers (long filaments of high water vapour) and identifies differences in the meteorological conditions leading to events that can be used to setup an early warning system for coastal regions.
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