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Dr. Gerardo Benito

Research Professor
National Museum of Natural Sciences
Spanish Research Council, CSIC
Serrano 115bis
28006 Madrid

  +34 91 7452500

Expertise & Interests

Official PAGES function(s)        Floods Working Group Scientific Committee
PAGES interests        2k Network, Floods Working Group, Future Earth
Topics        Climate dynamics, Climate variability, Extreme events, Floods, Human impacts & interactions, Water
Timescales        Anthropocene (last 100 years), Future projection, Holocene, Pleistocene
Regions        Africa, Europe, Mediterranean, North America, South America
Archives        Fluvial deposits, Geomorphology, Instrumental records, Lake sediments
Sector        Academia / Education
Discipline        Geomorphology, Hydrology, (Paleo)climatology, Sedimentology
Computers        ArcGIS, Matlab
Laboratory        Charcoal, Isotopes



1. Beneyto, C., Aranda, J.A., Benito, G. and Francés, F., 2020. New Approach to Estimate Extreme Flooding Using Continuous Synthetic Simulation Supported by Regional Precipitation and Non-Systematic Flood Data. doi: 10.3390/w12113174.
2. Blöschl, G., Kiss, A., Viglione, A., Barriendos, M., Böhm, O., Brázdil, R., Coeur, D., Demarée, G., Llasat, M.C., Macdonald, N., Retsö, D., Roald, L., Schmocker-Fackel, P., Amorim, I., B?línová, M., Benito, G. ... & Wetter, O. 2020. Current European flood-rich period exceptional compared with past 500 years. Nature, 583,560-566. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2478-3
3. Benito, G.; Sanchez-Moya, Y.; Medialdea, A.; Barriendos, M.; Calle, M.; Rico, M.; Sopeña, A.; Machado, M.J. 2020. Extreme Floods in Small Mediterranean Catchments: Long-Term Response to Climate Variability and Change. Water, 12, 1008.
4. Benito, G.; Thorndycraft, V.R., 2020. Catastrophic glacial-lake outburst flooding of the Patagonian Ice Sheet. Earth-Science Reviews 200, 102996, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.102996.
5. Calle, M., Calle, J., Alho, P., and Benito, G., 2020. Inferring sediment transfers and functional connectivity of rivers from repeat topographic surveys. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 45: 681– 693. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4765.
6. Rodriguez-Lloveras, X.; Machado, M.J.; Sanchez-Moya, Y.; Calle, M.; Medialdea, A.; Sopeña, A.; Benito, G., 2020. Impacts of sediment connectivity on Holocene alluvial records across a Mediterranean basin (Guadalentín River, SE-Spain). CATENA 187, 104321, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104321.
7. Grodek, T.; Morin, E.; Helman, D.; Lensky, I.; Dahan, O.; Seely, M.; Benito, G.; Enzel, Y., 2020. Eco-hydrology and geomorphology of the largest floods along the hyperarid Kuiseb River, Namibia. Journal of Hydrology 582, 124450, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124450.
8. Greenbaum, N.; Schwartz, U.; Carling, P.; Bergman, N.; Mushkin, A.; Zeituni, R.; Halevi, R.; Benito, G.; Porat, N., 2020. Frequency of boulders transport during large floods in hyperarid areas using paleoflood analysis – An example from the Negev Desert, Israel. Earth-Science Reviews 202, 103086, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103086.
9. Thorndycraft, V.R., Bendle, J., Matthews, I.P., Palmer, A., Benito, G., Davies, B.J., Sancho, C., Pike, J.H., Martin, J.R.V., Fabel, D. Medealdea, A. 2019. Reply to comments by Bourgois et al. (2019) on: “Glacial lake evolution and Atlantic-Pacific drainage reversals during deglaciation of the Patagonia Ice Sheet”. Quaternary Science Reviews 213, 171-177.
10. Corella, J.P., Benito G., Wilhelm B., Montoya E., Rull V., Vegas T., Valero-Garcés, B.L., 2019. A millennium-long perspective of flood-related seasonal sediment yield in Mediterranean watersheds. Global and Planetary Change 177, 127–140. 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.03.016
11. Thorndycraft, V.R., Bendle, J., Benito, G., Davies, B., Sancho, C., Palmer, A., Fabel, D. Medealdea, A. and Martin, J, R.V. (2019). Glacial lake evolution and Atlantic-Pacific drainage reversals during deglaciation of the Patagonian Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews 203, 102-127, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.10.036.
12. Wilhelm, B.; Ballesteros, J.A.; Macdonald, N.; Toonen, W.H.J.; Baker, V.R.; Barriendos, M.; Benito, G.; Brauer, A.; Corella, J.P.; Denniston, R.; Glasser, R.; Ionita, M.; Kahle, M.; Liu, T.; Luestscher, M.; Mudelsee, M.; Munoz, S.; Shulte, L.; St. George, S; Stofell, M.; Wetter, O. (2019). Interpreting historical, botanical, and geological evidence to aid preparations for future floods. WIREs Water 2019, 6: null. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1318
13. Ballesteros Cánovas J.A., Stoffel, M.; Benito, G.; Rohrer M., David Barriopedro, D.; Ricardo García-Herrera R., Martin Beniston M., Brönnimann S., 2019. On the extraordinary winter flood episode over the North Atlantic Basin in 1936. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences10.1111/nyas.13911.
14. Cloete, G.C.; Benito, G.; Grodek, T.; Porat, N.; Enzel, Y. (2018) Analyses of the magnitude and frequency of a 400-year flood record in the Fish River Basin, Namibia. Geomorphology, Geomorphology 320 1–17.
15. Calle, M., Alho, P., Benito G., (2018). Monitoring ephemeral river changes during floods with SfM photogrammetry. Journal of Iberian Geology, Journal of Iberian Geology. 44(3), pp. 355-373 doi: 10.1007/s41513-018-0078-y
16. Lotsari, E., Calle, M., Benito, G., Kukko, A., Kaartinen, H., Hyyppä, J., Hyyppä, H. and Alho, P. (2018). Topographical change caused by moderate and small floods in a gravel bed ephemeral river - depth-averaged morphodynamic simulation approach. Earth Surface Dynamics. 6, 163-185, 2018. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-6-163-2018
17. Oliva, M.; Ruiz-Fernández, J.; Barriendos, M.; Benito, G.; Cuadrat, J.; M.; Domínguez-Castro, F.; García-Ruiz, J.; M.; Giralt, S.; Gómez-Ortiz, A.; Hernández, A.; López-Costas, O.; López-Moreno, J.; I.; López-Sáez, J.; A.; Martínez-Cortizas, A.; Moreno, A.; Prohom, M.; Saz, M.; A.; Serrano, E.; Tejedor, E.; Trigo, R.; Valero-Garcés, B.; Vicente-Serrano, S.M. (2018). The Little Ice Age in Iberian mountains. Earth-Science Reviews 177, 175-208