Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4807–4823, 2014

Special issue: Floods and their changes in historical times – a European...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4807–4823, 2014

Research article 04 Dec 2014

Research article | 04 Dec 2014

The "Prediflood" database of historical floods in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula) AD 1035–2013, and its potential applications in flood analysis

M. Barriendos1,2, J. L. Ruiz-Bellet3, J. Tuset4, J. Mazón5, J. C. Balasch3, D. Pino5,6, and J. L. Ayala7 M. Barriendos et al.
  • 1Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2Department of Modern History, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 3Department of Environment and Soil Sciences, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain
  • 4RIUS Fluvial Dynamics Research Group, Forest Science Centre of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain
  • 5Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech, Barcelona, Spain
  • 6Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC-UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 7Arxiu del Comú, Departament de Cultura i Turisme, Comú d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Abstract. "Prediflood" is a database of historical floods that occurred in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula), between the 11th century and the 21st century. More than 2700 flood cases are catalogued, and more than 1100 flood events. This database contains information acquired under modern historiographical criteria and it is, therefore, suitable for use in multidisciplinary flood analysis techniques, such as meteorological or hydraulic reconstructions.

Short summary
This paper shows an interdisciplinary effort for a common methodology on flood risk analysis: hydraullics, hydrology, climatology and meteorology. Most basic problems of work with historical information are faced. Firsts results of data collection on historical floods for Catalonia (Ne Spain) are showed for period AD 1035-2014.