Articles | Volume 22, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1845–1856, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-1845-2022
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1845–1856, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-1845-2022
Research article
02 Jun 2022
Research article | 02 Jun 2022

More than heavy rain turning into fast-flowing water – a landscape perspective on the 2021 Eifel floods

Michael Dietze et al.

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The flood that hit Europe in July 2021, specifically the Eifel, Germany, was more than a lot of fast-flowing water. The heavy rain that fell during the 3 d before also caused the slope to fail, recruited tree trunks that clogged bridges, and routed debris across the landscape. Especially in the upper parts of the catchments the flood was able to gain momentum. Here, we discuss how different landscape elements interacted and highlight the challenges of holistic future flood anticipation.
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