Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3807–3827, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3807-2015

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

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3807–3827, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3807-2015

Research article 10 Sep 2015

Research article | 10 Sep 2015

Influence of solar forcing, climate variability and modes of low-frequency atmospheric variability on summer floods in Switzerland

J. C. Peña et al.

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The paper presents an index of summer flood damage in Switzerland from 1800 to 2009 and explores the influence of solar forcing, climate variability and low-frequency atmospheric circulation on flood frequencies. The flood damage index provides evidence that the 1817-1851, 1881-1927, 1977-1990 and 2005-present flood clusters are mostly in phase with palaeoclimate proxies and solar activity minima. Floods are influenced by atmospheric instability related to the principal summer mode.