Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
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A global open-source database of flood-protection levees on river deltas (openDELvE)
- Final revised paper (published on 21 Dec 2022)
- Supplement to the final revised paper
- Preprint (discussion started on 08 Nov 2021)
- Supplement to the preprint
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
: Report abuse
RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-291', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Nov 2021
AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Joey O'Dell, 14 Feb 2022
- AC2: 'Reply on AC1', Joey O'Dell, 14 Feb 2022
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Joey O'Dell, 14 Feb 2022
CC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-291: openDELvE', Hamed Moftakhari, 07 Feb 2022
- AC4: 'Reply on CC1', Joey O'Dell, 14 Feb 2022
RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-291', Hamed Moftakhari, 08 Feb 2022
- AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Joey O'Dell, 14 Feb 2022
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (08 Mar 2022) by Lindsay Beevers
AR by Jaap Nienhuis on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Aug 2022) by Lindsay Beevers
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Sep 2022)
RR by Athanasios Angeloudis (19 Sep 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Oct 2022) by Lindsay Beevers
AR by Jaap Nienhuis on behalf of the Authors (26 Oct 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Nov 2022) by Lindsay Beevers
The authors present an important and useful database of flood protection structures in levees globally. An assimilation of such data is crucial for improved understanding of global flood risk, yet is one of the few topics in our field which has not undergone meaningful recent advances in its characterisation (at least, in an efficient or somewhat automated way). While not wanting to understate the importance of the task the authors have completed, the presented science available to review is extremely minimal. It is paradoxical that the authors' work is more meaningful and important than much of the marginal advances typically presented in the modern deluge of academic papers, but the paper in its present form does not appear to be publishable in this kind of journal.
The decision is really, then, an editorial one. As a reviewer, I can not see why this wasn't simply submitted to a dedicated journal that fields papers describing datasets. If the authors want to publish in a traditional journal, they need to actually apply the data they have collected to answer a research question. One idea would be to look at recent European or global flood modelling studies by the JRC and examine how their risk estimations change when considering the information in this database.
I would also like to see the delineation of a "leveed area" unpacked further. How is this defined? If we know the location of levees, it is not straightforward to understand who they actually protect (presumably some kind of "undefended" model would be needed). If conclusions are to be drawn based upon these areas, the authors should provide more detail on how they are computed.