Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2673–2684, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2673-2015

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

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2673–2684, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2673-2015
Research article
09 Jun 2015
Research article | 09 Jun 2015

Flooding in river mouths: human caused or natural events? Five centuries of flooding events in the SW Netherlands, 1500–2000

A. M. J. de Kraker

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Natural floodings caused by storm floods also have important human components determining how disastrous they could be. Man-made floodings during warfare were only successful if natural conditions and factors were fully used. Strategic floodings during the 16th-17th centuries dramatically changed landscapes, from which valueble lessons were learnt to perfect this strategy in the 18th and 19th centuries.