Articles | Volume 21, issue 11
Research article
23 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2017

The potential of historical hydrology in Switzerland

Oliver Wetter

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This paper aims to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the available historical hydrological evidence, to shed light on the existing basic methodologies leading to long-term frequency, seasonality and magnitude reconstructions of pre-instrumental hydrological events, to discuss the comparability of reconstructed pre-instrumental flood events compared to current events and to provide an outlook for future analysis with a focus on the situation in Switzerland.