This chapter provides an insight into a new approach to estimating the flood quantiles based on rainfall-runoff modelling using multiple rainfall events. The approach is based on the prior knowledge about the probability distribution of annual maximum daily totals of rainfall in catchments, random disaggregation of the totals into hourly values and rainfall-runoff modelling. The new presented method called MESEF (Multi-Event Simulation of Extreme Flood) combines design event method based on single-rainfall event modelling and continuous simulation method used for estimating the maximum discharges of a given exceedance probability using rainfall-runoff models. The MESEF method considers varied moisture conditions in model catchment before the occurrence of rainfalls. To verify the efficiency of the proposed method, a comparison was carried out between the values of flood quantiles estimated by the MESEF method and the flood quantiles estimated by direct method. The proposed approach was tested in two catchments in the Upper Vistula River basin. The results of the MESEF method in both catchments were satisfactory; however, in order to verify its effectiveness, more research is needed within catchments of diverse features and landscape. Special attention should be paid to the proportion of moisture conditions that is a crucial factor in future use of the MESEF method in uncontrolled catchments.
Part of the book: Flood Risk Management