Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4149–4164, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4149-2015

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

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4149–4164, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4149-2015

Research article 14 Oct 2015

Research article | 14 Oct 2015

Reconstruction of flood events based on documentary data and transnational flood risk analysis of the Upper Rhine and its French and German tributaries since AD 1480

I. Himmelsbach et al.

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The article presents a long-term analysis of flood occurrence along the southern part of the Upper Rhine River system and of 14 of its tributaries in France and Germany since 1480 BC. Special focus is given to temporal and spatial variations of flood events and their underlying meteorological causes over time, knowledge about the historical aspects of flood protection and flood vulnerability, while comparing selected historical and modern extreme events, establishing a common evaluation scheme.