Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3047–3072, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3047-2015

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

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3047–3072, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3047-2015

Research article 10 Jul 2015

Research article | 10 Jul 2015

A 2600-year history of floods in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland: frequencies, mechanisms and climate forcing

L. Schulte et al.

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A 2600-year long composite palaeoflood record is reconstructed from high-resolution delta plain sediments of the Hasli-Aare floodplain on the northern slope of the Swiss Alps. Natural proxies compiled from sedimentary, geochemical and geomorphological data were calibrated by textual and factual sources and instrumental data. Geomorphological, historical and instrumental data provide evidence for flood damage intensities and discharge estimations of severe and catastrophic historical floods.