Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Research article
01 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2017

Classification of mechanisms, climatic context, areal scaling, and synchronization of floods: the hydroclimatology of floods in the Upper Paraná River basin, Brazil

Carlos H. R. Lima, Amir AghaKouchak, and Upmanu Lall

Data sets

Daily gridded meteorological variables in Brazil (1980–2013) ( A. C. Xavier, C. W. King, and B. R. Scanlonc

Short summary
Floods are the main natural disaster in Brazil, causing substantial economic damage and loss of life. Here we seek to better understand the flood-generating mechanisms in the flood-prone Paraná River basin, including large-scale patterns of the ocean and atmospheric circulation. This study provides new insights for understanding causes of floods in the region and around the world and is a step forward to improve flood risk management, statistical assessments, and short-term flood forecasts.
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