Articles | Volume 22, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2791–2805, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-2791-2022

Special issue: Past and future European atmospheric extreme events under...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2791–2805, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-2791-2022
Research article
26 Aug 2022
Research article | 26 Aug 2022

A new index to quantify the extremeness of precipitation across scales

Paul Voit and Maik Heistermann

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To better understand how the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events (HPEs) will change with changing climate and to adapt disaster risk management accordingly, we have to quantify the extremeness of HPEs in a reliable way. We introduce the xWEI (cross-scale WEI) and show that this index can reveal important characteristics of HPEs that would otherwise remain hidden. We conclude that the xWEI could be a valuable instrument in both disaster risk management and research.
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