Floods and their changes in historical times – a European perspective
Floods and their changes in historical times – a European perspective
Editor(s): A. Kiss, R. Brázdil, and G. Blöschl
The recent flood in early June 2013 resulted in numerous casualties, mass evacuations, immense material damage and further socio-economic problems in Central Europe. This event occurred in a period of numerous other recent floods, drawing attention to the even greater, catastrophic historical floods in Europe that occurred in earlier centuries. A deeper knowledge and a better understanding of these events can provide us with extremely useful information for developing more effective flood risk management approaches. This is especially true in areas with a large density of human population. Therefore, it is of crucial importance to understand the causes of extreme flood events, the changes in their frequency in the past several hundreds of years, and to what extent the magnitudes and processes of the greatest flood events in historic times are comparable with those of present-day extremes.

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23 Nov 2017
The potential of historical hydrology in Switzerland
Oliver Wetter
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5781–5803, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5781-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5781-2017, 2017
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20 Mar 2017
High-magnitude flooding across Britain since AD 1750
Neil Macdonald and Heather Sangster
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1631–1650, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1631-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1631-2017, 2017
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18 Jan 2016
Assessing changes in urban flood vulnerability through mapping land use from historical information
M. Boudou, B. Danière, and M. Lang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 161–173, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-161-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-161-2016, 2016
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03 Dec 2015
Flood sensitivity of the Bavarian Alpine Foreland since the late Middle Ages in the context of internal and external climate forcing factors
O. Böhm, J. Jacobeit, R. Glaser, and K.-F. Wetzel
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4721–4734, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4721-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4721-2015, 2015
23 Oct 2015
Historical changes in frequency of extreme floods in Prague
L. Elleder
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4307–4315, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4307-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4307-2015, 2015
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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, R. Glaser, J. Schoenbein, D. Riemann, and B. Martin
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4149–4164, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4149-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4149-2015, 2015
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10 Sep 2015
Influence of solar forcing, climate variability and modes of low-frequency atmospheric variability on summer floods in Switzerland
J. C. Peña, L. Schulte, A. Badoux, M. Barriendos, and A. Barrera-Escoda
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3807–3827, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3807-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3807-2015, 2015
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10 Aug 2015
Quantitative historical hydrology in Europe
G. Benito, R. Brázdil, J. Herget, and M. J. Machado
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3517–3539, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3517-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3517-2015, 2015
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10 Jul 2015
A 2600-year history of floods in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland: frequencies, mechanisms and climate forcing
L. Schulte, J. C. Peña, F. Carvalho, T. Schmidt, R. Julià, J. Llorca, and H. Veit
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3047–3072, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3047-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3047-2015, 2015
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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
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2673–2684, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2673-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2673-2015, 2015
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02 Jun 2015
Flood frequency analysis of historical flood data under stationary and non-stationary modelling
M. J. Machado, B. A. Botero, J. López, F. Francés, A. Díez-Herrero, and G. Benito
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2561–2576, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2561-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2561-2015, 2015
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09 Mar 2015
Documentary evidence of historical floods and extreme rainfall events in Sweden 1400–1800
D. Retsö
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1307–1323, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-1307-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-1307-2015, 2015
26 Jan 2015
Evolving flood patterns in a Mediterranean region (1301–2012) and climatic factors – the case of Catalonia
A. Barrera-Escoda and M. C. Llasat
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 465–483, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-465-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-465-2015, 2015
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04 Dec 2014
The "Prediflood" database of historical floods in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula) AD 1035–2013, and its potential applications in flood analysis
M. Barriendos, J. L. Ruiz-Bellet, J. Tuset, J. Mazón, J. C. Balasch, D. Pino, and J. L. Ayala
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4807–4823, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4807-2014,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4807-2014, 2014
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13 Oct 2014
Estimation of peak discharges of historical floods
J. Herget, T. Roggenkamp, and M. Krell
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4029–4037, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4029-2014,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4029-2014, 2014
01 Oct 2014
The use of taxation records in assessing historical floods in South Moravia, Czech Republic
R. Brázdil, K. Chromá, L. Řezníčková, H. Valášek, L. Dolák, Z. Stachoň, E. Soukalová, and P. Dobrovolný
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3873–3889, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-3873-2014,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-3873-2014, 2014
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