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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2019-104
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Submitted as: research article 12 Sep 2019

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Reconstructions of Droughts in Germany since 1500

Rüdiger Glaser and Michael Kahle Rüdiger Glaser and Michael Kahle
  • Physical Geography, Institute for Socio-Environmental Studies and Geography, University of Freiburg, 79098, Germany

Abstract. The present article deals with the reconstruction of drought time series in Germany since 1500. The reconstructions are based on written records from the historical climate and environmental database tambora.org, early and official instrument data as well as precipitation and temperature indices.

From the historical descriptions of the weather climatic processes and their effects and consequences for the environment and society, action paths and drought categories are derived. Furthermore, a historical precipitation index (HPI) is calculated and correlated with the SPI index. These are correlated and quantified in a rating scheme with modern rainfall indices and recent drought categories. Finally, a Historical Drought Index (HDI) and a Historical Wet Index (HWI) derived from the hygric indices are presented.

On this basis, the long-term development of dryness and drought and significant accumulations and extremes in Germany since 1500 are discussed.

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Temperature and Hygric Indices for Central Europe since AD 1500 G. Rüdiger and M. Kahle https://doi.org/10.6094/tambora.org/2019/c493/csv.zip

climdata/drought2019: Reconstructions of Droughts in Germany since 1500 M. Kahle and R.Glaser https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3405167

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Droughts are regarded as a major climatic stressor for modern societies. Their frequencies and intensities are a also a major point of discussion within the climate change debate. On the basis of written documents the development of droughts for Central Europe since 1500 are presented on a monthly basis, revealing new insights in the long term development of dryness and droughts.
Droughts are regarded as a major climatic stressor for modern societies. Their frequencies and...
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