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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2317252, 9 pages
Research Article

Exploitation of Documented Historical Floods for Achieving Better Flood Defense

1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
2Department of Hydraulic, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering Subotica, University of Novi Sad, Kozaracka 2/a, 24000 Subotica, Serbia
3Central Tisza Regional Directorate of Water Management, Boldog Sandor Istvan korut 4, Szolnok 5000, Hungary

Received 2 October 2015; Revised 30 January 2016; Accepted 1 February 2016

Academic Editor: Ozgur Kisi

Copyright © 2016 Slobodan Kolaković et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Establishing Base Flood Elevation for a stream network corresponding to a big catchment is feasible by interdisciplinary approach, involving stochastic hydrology, river hydraulics, and computer aided simulations. A numerical model calibrated by historical floods has been exploited in this study. The short presentation of the catchment of the Tisza River in this paper is followed by the overview of historical floods which hit the region in the documented period of 130 years. Several well documented historical floods provided opportunity for the calibration of the chosen numerical model. Once established, the model could be used for investigation of different extreme flood scenarios and to establish the Base Flood Elevation. The calibration has shown that the coefficient of friction in case of the Tisza River is dependent both on the actual water level and on the preceding flood events. The effect of flood plain maintenance as well as the activation of six potential detention ponds on flood mitigation has been examined. Furthermore, the expected maximum water levels have also been determined for the case if the ever observed biggest 1888 flood hit the region again. The investigated cases of flood superposition highlighted the impact of tributary Maros on flood mitigation along the Tisza River.