Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 559–575, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-559-2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 559–575, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-559-2021

Research article 05 Feb 2021

Research article | 05 Feb 2021

Simulating historical flood events at the continental scale: observational validation of a large-scale hydrodynamic model

Oliver E. J. Wing et al.

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Global flood models are difficult to validate. They generally output theoretical flood events of a given probability rather than an observed event that they can be tested against. Here, we adapt a US-wide flood model to enable the rapid simulation of historical flood events in order to more robustly understand model biases. For 35 flood events, we highlight the challenges of model validation amidst observational data errors yet evidence the increasing skill of large-scale models.
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