Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2157–2167, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2157-2019
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2157–2167, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2157-2019

Research article 08 Oct 2019

Research article | 08 Oct 2019

Have trends changed over time? A study of UK peak flow data and sensitivity to observation period

Adam Griffin et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (15 Aug 2019) by Vassiliki Kotroni
AR by Adam Griffin on behalf of the Authors (15 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Aug 2019) by Vassiliki Kotroni
RR by Ilaria Prosdocimi (04 Sep 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Sep 2019) by Vassiliki Kotroni
AR by Adam Griffin on behalf of the Authors (06 Sep 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Classical statistical methods for flood frequency estimation assume flooding characteristics do not change over time. Recent focus on climate change has raised questions of the validity of such assumptions. Near-natural catchments are used to focus on climate (not land-use) change, investigating the sensitivity of trend estimates to the period of record. Some key statistics were very sensitive, but conclusive spatial patterns were not found. Smaller floods were most affected by these trends.
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