Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Research article
10 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 10 Sep 2021

Evaluating methods for debris-flow prediction based on rainfall in an Alpine catchment

Jacob Hirschberg, Alexandre Badoux, Brian W. McArdell, Elena Leonarduzzi, and Peter Molnar


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-135', Ben Mirus, 11 Jun 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Jacob Hirschberg, 02 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-135', Clàudia Abancó, 17 Jun 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Jacob Hirschberg, 02 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Jul 2021) by Thomas Glade
AR by Jacob Hirschberg on behalf of the Authors (19 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Aug 2021) by Thomas Glade
Short summary
Debris-flow prediction is often based on rainfall thresholds, but uncertainty assessments are rare. We established rainfall thresholds using two approaches and find that 25 debris flows are needed for uncertainties to converge in an Alpine basin and that the suitable method differs for regional compared to local thresholds. Finally, we demonstrate the potential of a statistical learning algorithm to improve threshold performance. These findings are helpful for early warning system development.
Final-revised paper