Predicting the extent of flash flooding

10 marzo 2015

Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa’s Flood of 2008 are notoriously difficult to predict. So a team of mathematicians and hydrologists have set out to gain a better understanding of flood genesis and the factors impacting it. They were able to do this by zeroing in on the impacts of certain rainfall patterns at the smallest unit of a river basin: the hillslope scale.