Floods as major weather-related hydrological disasters result in many fatalities and large damages every year across the world. Predicting current and future flood risk continues to be a major challenge for society when considering strategies for mitigating and coping with the impact of flooding. Floods as natural phenomena caused by meteorological factors are governed by various landscape properties and modified by human influence. Successful strategies for living and coping with floods therefore have to be based on a sound understanding of the main generating processes of extreme flows, including spatial and temporal patterns of these. Including such an understanding into predictive models is required for the reduction of flood risk, and for addressing the potential impacts of global change, including climate and land-use changes, on these hydrological extremes. These three dimensions of floods were addressed at the 2011 EGU Leonardo Conference, which was aimed to foster discussion on emerging scientific questions of flood research. It offered a forum within which the most recent advances for investigating flood processes, patterns and predictions were debated.

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