Articles | Volume 22, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1371–1393, 2022
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1371–1393, 2022
Research article
19 Apr 2022
Research article | 19 Apr 2022

A performance-based approach to quantify atmospheric river flood risk

Corinne Bowers et al.

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Atmospheric rivers (ARs) cause significant flooding on the US west coast. We present a new Performance-based Atmospheric River Risk Analysis (PARRA) framework that connects models of atmospheric forcings, hydrologic impacts, and economic consequences to better estimate losses from AR-induced river flooding. We apply the PARRA framework to a case study in Sonoma County, CA, USA, and show that the framework can quantify the potential benefit of flood mitigation actions such as home elevation.
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