Impact of tropical cyclones on flood risk in southeastern China: Spatial patterns, causes and implications Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 Using flood peaks data from 62 hydrological stations covering a period of 19512014 and tropical cyclone (TC) tracks, floods due to TCs were differentiated and relations between occurrences of floods and TCs were investigated. Then, the impact of TCs on the flood magnitude and frequency was evaluated. Results indicated that there was more than one external influencing factor for flood occurrences, i.e. convective precipitation and TC-related heavy precipitation. In general, the landed TC events have a crucial influence on the occurrence of floods in eastern and western parts of Guangdong province. The mountainous topography limits the northward propagation of TC events and hence limits their impact on the occurrence of floods in the northern part. More than 60% of the largest 10 hazardous floods in the northern and eastern parts were attributed to TCs and hence they significantly modified the probability distributions of flood peaks, increasing the location and scale parameters of the generalized extreme value (GEV) probability distribution model. Therefore, development of measures for mitigation of coastal flooding would need to consider the occurrences of TCs.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Q., Gu, X., Shi, P., & Singh, V. P.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Qiang||Gu, Xihui||Shi, Peijun||Singh, Vijay P

publication date

  • March 2017