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Water 2019, 11(5), 1022;

Analysis and Projection of Flood Hazards over China
Key Laboratory of Environment Change and Resources Use in Beibu Gulf, Ministry of Education, Nanning Normal University, Nanning 530001, China
Key Lab of Regional Climate-Environment for Temperate East Asia, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
School of Geography and Planning, Nanning Normal University, Nanning 530001, China
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 30 April 2019 / Accepted: 11 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019


Floods have been experienced with greater frequency and more severity under global climate change. To understand the flood hazard and its variation in the future, the current and future flood hazards in the 21st century in China are discussed. Floods and their trends are assessed using the accumulation precipitation during heavy rainfall process (AP_HRP), which are calculated based on historical meteorological observations and the outputs of a global climate model (GCM) under three Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios. The flood-causing HRPs counted by the flood-causing critical precipitation (the 60% fractile of AP_HRP) capture more than 70% of historical flood events. The projection results indicate that the flood hazards could increase under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 and increase slightly under RCP2.6 during the 21st century (2011–2099). The spatial characteristics of flood hazards and their increasing trends under the three RCPs are similar in most areas of China. More floods could occur in southern China, including Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi and Fujian provinces, which could become more serious in southeastern China and the northern Yunnan province. Construction of water conservancy projects, reservoir dredging, improvement of drainage and irrigation equipment and enhancement of flood control and storage capacity can mitigate the impacts of floods and waterlogging on agriculture.
heavy rainfall process; flood hazard; flood projection; RCPs

1. Introduction

The global mean surface has been warming since the Industrial Revolution. Global warming increases the water holding capacity of the atmosphere, and therefore hydrological cycle changes accordingly [1]. As precipitation is the primary water source for agricultural production in most parts of the world, precipitation characteristics (amount, frequency, intensity) are of great concern to agriculture [2]. Too much (floods) or too little (drought) precipitation is harmful or even devastating to crops [3]. China is the most populous country in the world and is a large agricultural country. In recent decades, droughts and floods have led to large economic and societal losses [4]. Along with climate changes, floods have been experienced globally with greater frequency and more severity [5]. With the continuous aggravation of this threat, reducing the impact and loss caused by flood disasters has become a focus issue [6]. Under the background of global warming, it is urgent to understand the increased risks associated with agricultural production to adapt to the frequency and intensity of rainstorms that occur in the rising trend [7], which is of great significance in agricultural production and economic development. In 1996 and 1998, several destructive floods occurred in the Yangtze, Yellow, Haihe and Songhua Rivers in China. For instance, extreme floods occurred in the Yangtze River during 1998, causing severe flooding that affected the lives of 8 million people [8]. An increasing trend of flood disasters was observed in Xinjiang since the mid-1980s [9]. Floods are also the most costly in terms of economic loss, and floods are increasing Taiwan’s economic losses [10]. For developed countries, each flood can cost more than $2 billion [11]. Scientists have been attempting to find and understand the determinants of flood disasters under the action of extreme weather. Examining the relationship between rainfall and floods is a common technique.
To measure flood, a series of indices based on precipitation have been applied [12]. Most are defined based on a single scale such as a percentile index (such as rainfall 95% value), absolute threshold (daily precipitation), duration index (rainy days), total description index [13,14,15] (annual precipitation), and comprehensive indices such as the SPI [16] (Standard Precipitation Index) and PSDI [17] (Parmer Drought Index). Along with global warming, considerable changes in drought and flood events have occurred in many regions of the world [18]. For each 1 K increase in the temperature, the atmospheric water holding capacity increases by approximately 7% [19]. Current climate projections indicate that extreme events will become more common and severe in the future [20], so it is necessary to study the extreme precipitation in the 21st century. For future trends, changes in flood are often projected under several emission scenarios (RCP2.6 (radiative forcing reaches a maximum near the middle of the 21st century before decreasing to an eventual nominal level of 2.6 Wm−2), RCP4.5/RCP6.0 (radiative forcing stabilizes to 4.5/6.0 Wm−2 shortly after 2100) and RCP8.5 (radiative forcing increases throughout the 21st century before reaching a level of approximately 8.5 Wm−2 at the end of the century) estimated corresponding to low emission, intermediate emission and high emission policy, respectively, according to the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) scenarios in IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Ar5 [21]. Indices based on precipitation are also widely used in regional or global flood projection [22,23,24,25]. The standardized precipitation index (SPI) has been employed to monitor flood risk in Argentina, and can be applied as an effective tool for climate risk monitoring [25]. For the future extreme weather events research, the common tool is depending on CMIP5 data to analyze the intensity and frequency of the precipitation [26,27,28,29,30,31]. While, useful information is derived from the historical precipitation.
However, the above studies usually projected the denotation of flood with a single perspective of its frequency, intensity, duration or the total amount of extreme rainfall. Most are in terms of the meteorological and statistical significance and have not been associated with agricultural production and agricultural economic development. Therefore, to further investigate trends in the flood hazards in China, this paper investigates indicators that can comprehensively describe the sustainability of extreme rainfall events to fully reflect the severity and harmfulness of flood hazards on agriculture. The changes in flood hazards in the 21st century under three RCP scenarios (RCP2.6, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5) are addressed in this paper and the uncertainties of the projection are also discussed, aiming to provide a scientific basis to make rational use of agro-climatic resources and reduce the impacts of extreme climatic disasters on agriculture.

2. Data

2.1. Study Area and Observation Data

The monthly surface precipitation 0.5° × 0.5° grid dataset (V2.0) (1981–2010) in China was used as the basic element for constructing flood indicators. The grid dataset was provided by the National Meteorological Information Center (NMIC) of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) ( and was interpolated from 2472 meteorology stations of China using the Thin Plate Spline method and combined with three-dimensional geospatial information. The historical flood disaster record data for integrating with the flood indicator were obtained from the Chinese meteorological disaster almanac (2002–2011).

2.2. CMIP5 Projection Data

The CMIP5 (phase 5 of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project) provides a rare opportunity to make use of the most advanced international coupled model system for climate change prediction and attribution analysis. The CMIP5 projection data of the daily precipitation of three RCP scenarios (RCP2.6, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5) were acquired from the outputs of seven models of CMIP5 and were obtained from the National Climate Center of China [32,33] (NCC). Table 1 lists a brief introduction to the CMIP5 models. The data were clipped to the range of 15°–55° N and 70°–140° E and processed uniformly to an 0.5° × 0.5° grid degree from 2011 to 2099 to be consistent with the observation data. Historical scenario data of models from 1986 to 2005 were used to rectify the errors between the observed meteorological data and the CMIP5 data.

3. Methodology

3.1. Delimitation of Flood Hazard Indicators

The accumulated rainfall caused by heavy rain is often difficult to drain and floods large areas of farmland, resulting in the destruction of farmland and water conservancy facilities, crop yield reduction or lack of harvest. The accumulated rainfall that can cause a flood disaster usually lasts for more than one day, and the rainfall intensity might be very strong. However, there are several criteria to define the occurrence of flood disaster caused by the heavy rain process (HRP): (1) heavy rainfall must last for a period of time; (2) rainfall reaches a certain intensity in the process; (3) accumulation precipitation reaches a certain threshold, and the threshold is not the same in different places.
In this paper, we used the HRP to express historical flood events. Definition of HRP should be meet the following criteria: (1) HRP starting with the daily precipitation ≥ 0.1 mm and ending with daily precipitation < 0.1 mm (ignoring noise caused by trace precipitation), (2) during HRP, at least one day there should be heavy rain (daily precipitation ≥ 25 mm [34]).
Figure 1 shows an example of defining an HRP. Figure 1A is an HRP that we are concerned about, and the accumulated precipitation of the HRP (AP_HRP) is 46.2 mm. Figure 1B is an ignored rainfall process because its rainfall intensity does not reach the threshold. There are often interludes between rainfall processes and, because these interludes add to the drainage time, not all processes are disastrous. Figure 1C is the interval (drizzle or no rain), which can play a role in alleviating stagnant water and avoiding floods.
It is important to note that HRP do not always lead to flooding. The AP_HRP that can lead to flooding reaches a certain threshold that varies in different places. AP_HRP that meets the above two criteria in the historical reference period (1981–2010) is formed into a series, and the 95th percentile, 80th percentile and 60th percentile of the AP_HRP series at each grid (0.5° × 0.5°) were calculated. The purpose was to find the maximum filtering noise and minimize missing information to determine the critical AP_HRP that can indicate the flooding in a certain area (in the grid).
Attention: For each grid calculated, the numerator of the vacancy rate is the total number of HRP without flood event records. The numerator of the missing rate is the total number in the flood event records without an HRP. The denominator is the total number of flood event records in the study validation period (2001–2010). The historical flood record data for validation were obtained from the 2002–2011 Chinese meteorological disaster almanac.
The matching rate between AP_HRP and the flood records from 2001 to 2010 is shown in Table 2. The AP_HRP can report 98% of flood events but contains too much noise (with a vacancy rate of 135%, presenting more noise than information). The 60% fractile of AP_HRP filtered some noise (reducing the vacancy rate to 18%) and preserves most of the flood information. The 95% fractile of AP_HRP omits a lot of information but the agreement for flood events was very high, especially for serious floods. Thus, the 60% fractile of AP_HRP (marked as AP_HRP60%) is the most ideal indicator of the occurrence of flood disasters for each grid, and the 95% fractile of AP_HRP (marked as AP_HRP95%) can be used to represent serious floods.
Therefore, the annual accumulation precipitation over AP_HRP60% (APyear) can be used as an indicator of the severity of flood hazards.
APyear = 1 m 1 APyear i   ( i = 1 ,   2 ,   ,   m 1 , ) APyear i = AP _ HRP j ,   ( AP _ HRP 1 ,   AP _ HRP 2 ,   AP _ HRP ni > AP _ HRP 60 % ) ,
where APyeari is the summary over AP_HRP60% during each year for each grid, AP_HRPj refers to the j-th flood-causing heavy rain event of the year and m1 is the number of years in the historical reference period (1981–2010 in this study).
The frequency of the annual flood hazards in a period ( Fr ) can be expressed as follows:
Fr = 1 m 1 ni ,
where ni is the number of flood-causing heavy rain events which occur in the considered year, namely, the times of HRP while AP_HRPj > AP_HRP60%.

3.2. Changes in the Flood Hazards in 21st Century and the Uncertainty of the Projection

Changes of the flood accumulation ( Δ FA ) in a certain year during the 21st century projected by CMIP5 models can be expressed as:
Δ FA i = APyear i APyear his ( i = 1 ,   2 ,   ,   m 2 ) ,
where APyearhis is the average APyear in a historical reference period and m2 is the number of years in the projection (2011–2100 in this study).
For analysis of uncertainty, the coefficient of variation (CVFA) of Δ AP among models is expressed as follows [35]:
CV FA = 1 N mod k = 1 k = N mod ( Δ FA k Δ FA ¯ ) 2 Δ FA ¯ × 100 % ,   ( k = 1 , 2 ,   ,   N mod ) ,
where Nmod is the number of models and Δ FA ¯ = 1 m 2 Δ AP i   ( i = 1 ,   2 ,   ,   m 2 ) is the mean value of Δ FA i of the projection period.
The projection ability of MME can vary spatially. For each grid, if CV FA < 1 , it is considered that the credibility of the projecting result is greater than the noise, and vice versa. When CV FA 1 , there is substantial noise in the model results that must be reduced before the results are used to describe future climate change [36,37].

4. Results

4.1. Characteristics of Floods in China during the Current Period

The AP_HRP of each grid was calculated by using the daily precipitation data from 1981 to 2010. The flood-causing critical precipitation (AP_HRP60%) in China mostly ranged from 50 to 100 mm (Figure 2a). There was a lack of data in western China (including Xinjiang, Tibet, Gansu province and some areas of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shanxi, and Sichuan province), due to lack of eligible HRP or statistical significance. The AP_HRP60% obviously varies by latitude. In the northeast and the Yellow river basin area, AP_HRP60% is mostly within 50~70 mm; in the Yangtze river basin area, AP_HRP60% ranged from 70~80 mm; AP_HRP60% was more than 100 mm in the southwest Yunnan province and southern China coastal areas. However, AP_HRP95% demonstrates geographical features (Figure 2b). AP_HRP95% increased from north to south, with more than 150 mm in the northeast and north China, and reached more than 300 mm in southwest Yunnan and some coastal areas.
Flood-causing HRPs which can be counted by flood-causing critical precipitation in each year is shown in Figure 3. Similar to the change in the AP_HRP, the frequency of flood hazards (Fr) varied from one time/year to five times/year in China, ignoring the area lacking data in northwest China (Figure 3a). The frequency in the southern area of the Yangtze River is larger than that in the area to the north (Fr ≥ 3), and the four provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Jiangxi have the highest frequency of flood-causing HRPs, 4–5 per year. To consider the seasonal characteristics of flood hazard, the percentage of flood-causing HRPs in each month was counted (Figure 3b). The statistics results suggested that summer was the high-incidence season of flooding, and the flood-causing HRPs in JJA (June, July, August) account for over 60% of the whole year. Flood-causing HRPs in spring (March, April, May; MAM) and autumn (September, October, November; SON) accounted for 19% and 14%, respectively.
The spatial distribution pattern of APyear in different areas of China from 1981 to 2010 (Figure 4) was roughly consistent with the spatial distribution of flood-causing critical precipitation (Figure 2) and the frequency of flood hazards (Figure 3a). The APyear in northeast China and the Yellow River basin area was less than 200 mm/year. The four provinces above had the largest APyear (≥600 mm/year in most areas) and some areas achieved an APyear ≥ 800 mm/year.

4.2. Projection of Flood Hazards in China during the 21st Century

4.2.1. Trends of Flood Hazards

The projected flood accumulation changes in the 21st century under three RCP scenarios over China is shown in Figure 5. For the RCP2.6 scenario, the annual flood accumulation of multi-model ensembles (MME) would increase more than 20 mm in the next 90 years (Figure 5a). The growth trend of ∆FA was weak, and the correlation coefficient was low (R2 = 0.183). For the RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 scenarios, the annual flood accumulation would increase significantly at a rate of 6.1 mm/decade (Figure 5b) and 12.8 mm/decade (Figure 4c), respectively. Compared with the RCP2.6 scenario, ∆FA presented a good correlation with time under RCP4.5 (R2 = 0.701) and RCP8.5 (R2 = 0.930). The linear trends of the MME projection under the three scenarios all passed the significance test (p < 0.01).
Under RCP4.5, the total increment and increase rate of annual flood accumulation are not consistent among models during the 21st century (Figure 5b). Most models believe that the annual flood accumulation in the 21st century will continue to increase. For example, the NorESM1-M model shows the most serious condition of flood hazards projection with annual flood accumulation increased ≈100 mm, while the GFDL-ESM2G model shows show the minimum as ≈50 mm, at the end of 21st century (2070–2099).
Under the RCP8.5 scenario, the difference of increment and increase rate among models are even greater than RCP2.6 and RCP4.5 (Figure 5c). The increment of annual flood accumulation among models is mostly in the range of 30~60 mm in the early 21st century (2020–2050), while it is in the range of 130~180 mm at the end of 21st century (2070–2099). The CCSM4 model shows the most serious condition of flood hazards while the GFDL-ESM2G model still shows the minimum value.

4.2.2. Uncertainty of the Projection

The spatial distribution of CVFA of flood accumulation among models implied that there were obvious spatial differences. For the three scenarios, the spatial patterns of the CVFA distribution were similar (Figure 6a–c). The regions with large ΔFA variation were in northwest China (ignoring the no-data region in northwest China, as in Figure 2). Notably, the distribution of model projection uncertainties for future flooding (Figure 6) was not affected by the basic distribution patterns of flood hazards (Figure 2 and Figure 4). The high CVFA areas did not correspond to the flood-prone area or show an obvious linear relationship. The difference in the predictions of the models in different regions was likely more related to the model performance.
Under RCP2.6 (Figure 6a), the model prediction results were relatively consistent in northeast China, the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and southern China (CV < 0.6); a high coefficient corresponds with large uncertainty.
Under RCP8.5 (Figure 6c), the area with CVFA < 0.6 appeared only in the middle reaches of the Yellow River, parts of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and in the Hainan Province. In northeast China, the uncertainty increases significantly. Most of this region showed a CVFA increase to 0.6~0.8. The CVFA even exceeded 1 in the northern Heilongjiang province, and the projection results in this area were less reliable.

4.2.3. Spatial Pattern of Flood Hazards with Confidence Regions

The spatial distribution of ∆FA under the three scenarios was also similar (Figure 7a–c). In general, the increase of ∆FA was affected by the basic distribution of APyear (Figure 4). Where the APyear was large, the corresponding increment was also large. The APyear (∆FA) in southeast China (more than 600 mm/year in most areas) was the largest, followed by the northwest Yunnan province. However, there are some exceptions. In the Hainan province, APyear is more than 100 mm/year and the ∆FA is less than 40 mm/decade. In the tropical regions, the flood hazard was serious, but the trend was not the most striking.
For the different scenarios, the more serious flood hazard would be in the highest concentration areas. For instance, the ∆FA (20 mm/decade) under RCP8.5 is higher than that under RCP2.6 in most areas of China.

4.3. Effects of Floods on Agriculture and Its Adaptability

Considering seasonal change, summer was the high-incidence season for floods. Floods in the spring-summer season often increased rotten roots of wheat and rapeseed, premature aging and disease prevalence. In the midsummer period, under the effect of strong convection weather, rainstorms are usually accompanied by strong winds, which easily damage wheat and germination and cause mildew; the dry crops had rotten roots with a low seed setting rate; the rice was reduced lightly and yielded, but not harvested. Heavy rainstorms in the summer-autumn season greatly influenced the growth, development and yield of autumn crops, and even affected the harvest and sowing in autumn.
The projection results under the three RCPs showed that the flood hazards in eastern regions of China during the 21st century would present a growth situation. Although there was a growth difference among scenarios, the flood hazards always increased rather than decreased. To mitigate the impacts of flood and waterlogging on agriculture, control engineering measures should be taken, including the construction of water conservancy projects, reservoir dredging, the improvement of drainage and irrigation equipment and the enhancement of flood control and storage capacity. According to the local climate characteristics, famers should adjust the farming system to stagger the period of heavy rain and flood, to avoid disaster and ensure harvest. Agriculture administration departments should pay attention to the short- and medium-term weather forecasts, take precautions for farmland drainage and lower the water level of fish ponds. After the floods recede, it is necessary to quickly plant the crops that have been washed down by the flood, and missing seedings should be replanted in a timely manner. If the topsoil of upland crops is scoured and the root system is exposed, it must be supplemented with additional soil and intertillage topdressing fertilizer in time to improve soil conditions.

5. Discussion

Table 2 shows a comparison verification analysis of the flood-causing HRPs and the actual flood disaster records at a specific location. The flood-causing HRPs were basically consistent with the actual disaster records of storms and floods, and it accurately reflected the time characteristics of flood disasters in the floodplain. Individual areas and flood processes have not been accurately reflected, possibly because the occurrence of floods was also affected by factors including meteorology, especially topographical factors. For example, one region met the flood-causing conditions but the observed site may have been located at high altitude, and the drainage system was good so flood disasters did not occur easily. Though the flood-causing HRP do not inevitably lead to flooding, which could be affected by the soil moisture and human activities [12,38], the precipitation is a primary factor controlling flooding [31,39,40]. The accuracy prediction of the flooding process indicated that the actual occurrence rate of flooding was more than 70%. It could be concluded that meteorological factors were the leading factors contributing to flooding, and the heavy rain process could more accurately describe the potential for flood disasters. Since the flood-causing HRP was based on the accumulation of rainfall, which was used to guide crop cropping or farming operations, it should also consider the meteorological conditions and other factors. For example, if a region had high flood-causing critical precipitation, the chance of the disaster could be reduced by improving the drainage capacity. Some hydrology literature also demonstrated that the antecedent watershed wetness was a primary factor controlling flooding in addition to precipitation [31,40].
At the end of the 21st century, the increase in precipitation in China under the three RCPs ranges from 4.04% to 12.34%, with greater increases for higher-concentration pathways [37]. The rainfall period became shorter, but the intensity increased, so there may be more extreme weather in the future [20]. Figure 4 shows that the distribution of APyear and the AP_HRP were affected by the basic rainfall distribution [37]. The risk of flood hazards in humid and sub-humid areas was the largest. Flood hazards present different degrees of aggravation in different scenarios in the future, and the increasing tendency under the high concentration was the highest [27,41]. Thus, AP_HRP and ∆FA used in this study did not have the same values for different regions. In different areas, the threshold value of flood-causing critical precipitation varied [28].
In addition to understanding the characteristics of the flood hazard, it was necessary to understand the related occurrence of drought in a region. The monthly proportion of historical drought events from 2001 to 2010 was calculated (Figure 8). The summer-autumn season (from June to October, accounting for more than 50% of the year) had a high incidence of drought and flood disasters (Figure 3b). Comparing the spatial differentiation of drought [35] and flooding (Figure 3a and Figure 4), severe droughts and floods were likely to occur in the same area, and the contribution of the intensity and frequency vary [42]. Southeast China could be the region most severely affected by floods and droughts. It was prone to rapid alternation from flood to drought in the same year or showed alternating phenomena of interannual droughts and floods. Therefore, droughts and floods were not mutually exclusive in the same area, and flood-discharge and drought-resistant measures should be taken in parallel [39].

6. Conclusions

In this study, we analyzed the changes in the intensity and frequency of floods in China in the 21st century under three RCPs. Three main conclusions are summarized as follows:
  • AP_HRP60 can capture most of the flood events in China.
  • The flood hazards could increase under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 and increase slightly under RCP2.6 during the 21st century (2011–2099). The spatial characteristics of APyear and ∆FA of the three RCPs are similar in most areas of China. More flooding could occur in southern China (Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi and Fujian), which could become more serious in southeastern China and the northern Yunnan province in the southwest. A higher concentration of signal corresponds to more severe flood hazard trends.
  • The MME demonstrated that the signal in the flood projection result is larger than the noise in eastern China; the noise is larger than the signal in the west, and the higher concentration of signal had greater uncertainty than the lower concentration.

Author Contributions

Y.L. (Yulian Liang) and Y.W. designed the framework. Y.L. (Yulian Liang) wrote the paper and Y.W. revised it. Y.Z., Y.L. (Yuan Lu) and X.L. conceived the study and provided comments. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.


This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi, China (NO.2018GXNSFBA294019), “The Opening Foundation of Key Laboratory of Environment Change and Resources Use in Beibu Gulf Ministry of Education” (Guangxi Teachers Education University), the Guangxi Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Intelligent Simulation (Guangxi Teachers Education University) (NO.GTEU-KLOP-K1808), and the “Specially employed Expert” project of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.


Thanks to the NNC for providing the processed CMIP5data.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. Illustration of defining a heavy rain process (HRP).
Figure 1. Illustration of defining a heavy rain process (HRP).
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Figure 2. Flood-causing critical precipitation ((a) AP_HRP60%, unit: mm) and serious flood-causing critical precipitation ((b) AP_HRP95%, unit: mm) in China from 1981 to 2010.
Figure 2. Flood-causing critical precipitation ((a) AP_HRP60%, unit: mm) and serious flood-causing critical precipitation ((b) AP_HRP95%, unit: mm) in China from 1981 to 2010.
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Figure 3. Frequency of flood-causing HRPs ((a), units: times/year) and their seasonal characteristics ((b), units: %).
Figure 3. Frequency of flood-causing HRPs ((a), units: times/year) and their seasonal characteristics ((b), units: %).
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Figure 4. Distribution of APyear in China from 1981 to 2010 (units: mm/year).
Figure 4. Distribution of APyear in China from 1981 to 2010 (units: mm/year).
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Figure 5. ∆FA of China in the 21st century projected by CMIP5 models, (a): RCP2.6; (b): RCP4.5; (c): RCP8.5.
Figure 5. ∆FA of China in the 21st century projected by CMIP5 models, (a): RCP2.6; (b): RCP4.5; (c): RCP8.5.
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Figure 6. Coefficient of variation of flood prediction from 2011 to 2099.
Figure 6. Coefficient of variation of flood prediction from 2011 to 2099.
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Figure 7. Spatial pattern of ∆FA from 2011 to 2099 projected by multi-model ensembles (MME) (confidence regions only, unit: mm/decade).
Figure 7. Spatial pattern of ∆FA from 2011 to 2099 projected by multi-model ensembles (MME) (confidence regions only, unit: mm/decade).
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Figure 8. Drought in each month accounting for the percentage throughout the year. (The historical drought record data for validation were obtained from the 2002–2011 Chinese meteorological disaster almanac.
Figure 8. Drought in each month accounting for the percentage throughout the year. (The historical drought record data for validation were obtained from the 2002–2011 Chinese meteorological disaster almanac.
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Table 1. Brief introduction to the CMIP5 (phase 5 of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project) models.
Table 1. Brief introduction to the CMIP5 (phase 5 of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project) models.
No.Model Name
(for Sort)
CountryOriginal Resolution
(Row × Col)
1BCC-CSM1-1China64 × 128
2CCSM4USA192 × 288
3EC-EARTHEU160 × 320
4GFDL-ESM2GUSA90 × 144
5IPSL-CM5A-MRFrance143 × 144
6MRI-CGCM3Japan160 × 320
7NORESM1-MNorway96 × 144
Table 2. The average error magnitude of AP_HRP for reported flood events in China (2001–2010).
Table 2. The average error magnitude of AP_HRP for reported flood events in China (2001–2010).
Flood Days Reported by AP_HRPVacancy Rate (%)Missing Rate (%)Remarks
Total AP_HRP1352
over 60% fractile of AP_HRP188Indicates floods
over 80% fractile of AP_HRP1034
over 95% fractile of AP_HRP176Indicates serious floods

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