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Assessment of the 2021 Extreme Summer Flood in Central Europe

The aim of the series is to provide an overview of the current state of integrated investigations on the effects of the severe flood events in summer 2021 in Central Europe. Even though such extreme flood can happen at any time, the consequences and impacts can be significantly reduced by appropriate technical and non-technical measures. However, such measures always require a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of previous events and comparable processes. Such extreme high energy events result in significant sedimentological and morphodynamic changes as well as transport of material including anthropogenic pollutants. These enormous processes overlay human impacts and provide insight into natural processes of lower frequency. Process understanding of such high energy events requires the cooperation of different disciplines. Therefore, we encourage scientists from different disciplines, such as Geoecology, Geomorphology, Hydraulic engineering, Environmental chemistry, Ecotoxicology, Social ecology, Sociology and Economics to submit a manuscript to ESEU with reference to this series.

Deadline: 31st May 2024

Lead Guest Editor:
Henner Hollert, Goethe University Frankfurt
Guest Editors:
Frank Lehmkuhl, RWTH Aachen University
Holger Schüttrumpf, RWTH Aachen University
Catrina Brüll, RWTH Aachen University
Michael Dietze, University of  Göttingen
Jan Schwarzbauer, RWTH Aachen University  
Peter Letmathe, RWTH Aachen University
Carolin Völker, ISOE


  1. Due to climate change, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent worldwide. An example of such an extreme weather event was the flooding in Western Europe in July 2021. Currently, there are large resea...

    Authors: Matthias W. Kleespies, Thomas Friedrich, Oskar Marg, Carolin Völker and Sabrina Schiwy
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:122
  2. The European flood that occurred between July 13th and 16th 2021, was a natural disaster that caused significant damage in Central European countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. T...

    Authors: Piero Bellanova, Jan Schwarzbauer and Klaus Reicherter
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:110
  3. Dual crises happen when an acute shock unfolds in the context of a creeping crisis. The July 2021 floods in the Vesdre river basin (Wallonia, Belgium) is a typical case of such dual crises in the context of cl...

    Authors: Mathilde de Goër de Herve and Wieke D. Pot
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:105
  4. Because of global climate change, extreme flood events are expected to increase in quantity and intensity in the upcoming decades. In catchments affected by ore mining, flooding leads to the deposition of fine...

    Authors: Alexandra Weber, Stefanie Wolf, Nadine Becker, Leonie Märker-Neuhaus, Piero Bellanova, Catrina Brüll, Henner Hollert, Elena-Maria Klopries, Holger Schüttrumpf and Frank Lehmkuhl
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:58
  5. Extreme weather events and natural disasters such as floods can cause severe damage and impacts on catchment systems covering natural as well as urban, industrial or agricultural areas. Thus, floods often lead...

    Authors: Christina A. Schwanen, Jan Müller, Philipp Schulte and Jan Schwarzbauer
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:15
  6. The flood event in July 2021 in the uplands of the Eifel-Ardennes mountains in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands and their foreland was caused by heavy rainfall and resulted in one of the largest flood disa...

    Authors: Frank Lehmkuhl, Holger Schüttrumpf, Jan Schwarzbauer, Catrina Brüll, Michael Dietze, Peter Letmathe, Carolin Völker and Henner Hollert
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:107

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