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Andres N, Badoux A, Hegg C. 2013. Unwetterschäden in der Schweiz im Jahre 2012. Rutschungen, Murgänge, Hochwasser und Sturzereignisse. Wasser Energie Luft, 105. Jg., Heft 1: 55-61. [Direct Link]
Fundel F, Joerg-Hess S, Zappa M. 2013. Monthly hydrometeorological ensemble prediction of streamflow droughts and corresponding drought indices. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 395-407, doi:10.5194/hess-17-395-2013. [Direct Link]
Liechti K, Zappa M, Fundel F, Germann U. 2013. Probabilistic evaluation of ensemble discharge nowcasts in two nested Alpine basins prone to flash floods. Hydrological processes. 27: 5-17. doi:/10.1002/hyp.9458
Zappa M, Fundel F, Jaun S. 2013. A “Peak-Flow Box” Approach for Supporting Interpretation and Evaluation of Operational Ensemble Flood Forecasts. Hydrological processes. 27: 117-131. doi:/10.1002/hyp.9521
Christoph Pflugshaupt completed his master thesis in our group. Topic: "Hydrological resources for energy production in Switzerland: A study based on the CH2011 scenarios", Prof. Ch. Schär, ETH Zürich.
Valentin Knechtl started his Master Thesis in our group: Flash Food early warning tool - Use of intensity-duration-frequency curves for flash-food warning in Southern Switzerland and a forecast skill evaluation, Prof. H. Wernli, ETH Zurich.
Käthi Liechti just completed her doctoral thesis in our group. Topic: "Uncertainty Propagation in Operational Flash Flood Forecasting Systems".
Julia Franzen completed her master thesis in our group. Topic: "Steuerungsszenarien des Sihlsees im Hinblick auf den Hochwasserschutz Zürichs".
Dr. Massimiliano Zappa
The research group «Hydrological Forecasts» investigates the spatio-temporal distribution and variability of the available natural water resources in mountainous basins and in larger alpine river systems.
A particular focus will be put on the analysis of extreme situations such as floods [Dossier Floods, in German]and persisting droughts [Dossier Drought]. This is achieved by both analysis of previous events (e.g. the flood of August 2005 in Switzerland) and investigations with simulations and statistical evaluation of long term data series.
The group develops models and operational system for flood warning in gauges and ungauged basins [Teaser]. Thereby we try to improve the quality of hydrological forecasts by assimilation of updated observations (e.g. snow cover maps and runoff volumes).
Furthermore distributed hydrological simulations are adopted for estimating possible hydrological impacts of climate change [Dossier Climate Change, in German].
In addition WSL updates since more than 40 years a database containing a detailed description of the major damages triggered by hydrological hazards. These records could represent an important source of information for the assessment of hydrology related hazards maps.