Links between flood events in central Europe since AD 1500 and large-scale atmospheric circulation modes
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 4, February 2003
How to Cite
2003), Links between flood events in central Europe since AD 1500 and large-scale atmospheric circulation modes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1172, doi:10.1029/2002GL016433, 4., , , and (
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 JAN 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 13 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 10 OCT 2002
- Historical flood events;
- central Europe;
- circulation modes;
 Based on documentary sources incidence variations of flood events can be reconstructed back to AD 1500 for several catchment areas in Central Europe. Links to atmospheric circulation modes, derived from reconstructed large-scale sea level pressure (SLP) grids for the last 500 years, have been identified on climatic time scales (monthly to seasonal). These relations are expressed in terms of several indices describing the particular importance of atmospheric circulation modes as a dynamical background for the varying incidence of flood events. During winter, the zonal circulation mode covers the largest part of these events, in relation to mode-frequency, however, other circulation modes become important during historical periods of increased flood frequency, e.g. modes characterised by Atlantic low and Russian high pressure centres. Different subtypes of this mode reached maxima in flood-association during different climatic periods of the past.