Geografie 2004, 109, 84-92

August 2002 Flood in the Czech Republic: Meteorological Causes and Hydrological Response

Jan Daňhelka

Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Central Forecasting Office, Na Šabatce 17, 143 06 Praha, Czechia

The paper describes synoptic situations that resulted in heavy precipitation over the SW Bohemia in August 2002. Spatial and temporal distribution of precipitation and its effect on the flood development is explained. Flood peak flows return period reached very high values in the Vltava River catchment and couldn't be largely affected by reservoirs within the catchment. Nevertheless the role of Vltava River Dam Cascade is mentioned as well as the flood forecasting during the flood. We show also some similarities and differences between 2002 and some historical flood.