Classification and analysis of past climate information based on historical documentary sources for the Carpathian basin

Judit Bartholy, Rita Pongrácz, Zsófia Molnár

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Abstract

In order to cover a millennium-long period in climatological studies, several types of information must be taken into consideration. Beyond the regular meteorological observations, historical documentary data may serve as a basic source for the past centuries. For the Carpathian basin, Réthly collected historical documents containing meteorology-related information. In order to facilitate the analysis of this documentary collection, a special code system using hierarchical subclasses has been defined and applied to approximately 15 000 collected climatological items. The spatial and temporal distributions of temperature- and precipitation-related climate events and extremes have been evaluated using settlement and subregional scales. Also, the geographical distribution of extreme climatological events has been mapped. Annual and seasonal time series have been analysed for the Carpathian basin and compared with other reconstructed temperature and precipitation index time series from other geographical locations outside the Carpathian basin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1759-1776
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Volume24
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2004

Keywords

  • Carpathian basin
  • Extreme events
  • Historical documentary sources
  • Precipitation
  • Proxy climate data
  • Réthly's collection
  • Temperature
  • Time series reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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