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Impact of Austrian hydropower plants on the flood control safety of the Hungarian Danube reach
- ZSUFFA, I.
- Hydrological sciences journal 1999 v.44 no.3 pp. 363-371
- flood control, floods, probability distribution, rivers, water power
- Statistical analysis of daily water level data from four gauging stations along the Hungarian Danube reach has been carried out with the purpose of analysing the impact of the Austrian hydropower plants on the floods of the river. Conditional probability distribution functions of annual flood load maxima and annual number of floods were generated for the periods 1957–1976 and 1977–1996. By comparing these distribution functions, it could be shown that the flood load maxima have decreased, while the number of small and medium floods have increased during the past forty years. These changes indicate a decreased rate of flood superposition resulting from the barrages constructed in this period. The significantly decreased flood load maxima indicate that the Austrian barrage system has a positive impact on the flood control safety of the Hungarian Danube reach.