EGU2020-10001, updated on 15 Apr 2021
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Panta Rhei Benchmark Dataset

Heidi Kreibich1, Giuliano di Baldassarre2, Anne van Loon3, Kai Schröter1, Philip Ward4, Fuqiang Tian5, Alberto Viglione6, Murugesu Sivapalan7, and Günter Blöschl8
Heidi Kreibich et al.
  • 1German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Section Hydrology, Potsdam, Germany (
  • 2Department of Earth Sciences, Centre of Natural hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 3hSchool of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  • 4Department of Water and Climate Risk, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 5Institute of Hydrology and Water Resources, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 6Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
  • 7Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA
  • 8Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resource Management, Vienna University of Technology, 1040 Vienna, Austria

We tackle the unsolved problem in hydrology “How can we extract information from available data on human and water systems in order to inform the building process of socio-hydrological models and conceptualisations?”

In the framework of the Panta Rhei initiative we compile and analyse a benchmark dataset, which shall be used to calibrate and apply socio-hydrological models. The compilation and analyses of the benchmark dataset will be undertaken as follows: 1) selection of suitable socio-hydrological models; 2) identification of the variables necessary to calibrate and apply the selected models; 3) collection of time series data of the selected variables for as many catchments as possible; 4) calibration and application of the socio-hydrological models; 5) comparative analyses across different models and catchments.

A minimum of two, preferably more socio-hydrological models for floods and droughts shall be selected. Data collection will be undertaken with the support of the Panta Rhei community, particularly the members of the Panta Rhei working groups “Changes in flood risk” and “Droughts in the Anthropocene”. For the socio-hydrological model calibration we plan to follow the example of Barendrecht et al. (2019). This PICO presentation shall be used to discuss and finalise the concept for data compilation and analyses, to promote this initiative and to motivate as many colleague as possible to contribute to the data collection and comparative analyses.

Reference: Barendrecht, M. H., Viglione, A., Kreibich, H., Merz, B., Vorogushyn, S., Blöschl, G. (2019): The value of empirical data for estimating the parameters of a socio-hydrological flood risk model. WRR, 55, 2, 1312-1336. DOI:

How to cite: Kreibich, H., di Baldassarre, G., van Loon, A., Schröter, K., Ward, P., Tian, F., Viglione, A., Sivapalan, M., and Blöschl, G.: Panta Rhei Benchmark Dataset, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10001,, 2020.


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