Articles | Volume 22, issue 9
Research article
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08 Sep 2022
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 08 Sep 2022

Reliability of flood marks and practical relevance for flood hazard assessment in southwestern Germany

Annette Sophie Bösmeier, Iso Himmelsbach, and Stefan Seeger


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-223', Neil Macdonald, 02 Jun 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Annette Sophie Bösmeier, 30 Jul 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-223', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC2', Annette Sophie Bösmeier, 14 Jul 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jul 2022) by Brunella Bonaccorso
AR by Annette Sophie Bösmeier on behalf of the Authors (08 Aug 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2022) by Brunella Bonaccorso
AR by Annette Sophie Bösmeier on behalf of the Authors (16 Aug 2022)
Executive editor
The paper addresses historical flood marks as a information source, coming to the conclusion that it is worthwhile to maintain them, and include them in scientific evaluations. The authors find, for example, plausible and historically sound reasons in changed local hydraulic conditions by flood protection walls, and effects of exceptional processes during a massive ice jam.
Short summary
Encouraging a systematic use of flood marks for more comprehensive flood risk management, we collected a large number of marks along the Kinzig, southwestern Germany, and tested them for plausibility and temporal continuance. Despite uncertainty, the marks appeared to be an overall consistent and practical source that may also increase flood risk awareness. A wide agreement between the current flood hazard maps and the collected flood marks moreover indicated a robust local hazard assessment.
Final-revised paper