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Volume 12, issue 11
Clim. Past, 12, 2107–2126, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-2107-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Clim. Past, 12, 2107–2126, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-2107-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 01 Dec 2016

Research article | 01 Dec 2016

The 1430s: a cold period of extraordinary internal climate variability during the early Spörer Minimum with social and economic impacts in north-western and central Europe

Chantal Camenisch et al.

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Throughout the last millennium, several cold periods occurred which affected humanity. Here, we investigate an exceptionally cold decade during the 15th century. The cold conditions challenged the food production and led to increasing food prices and a famine in parts of Europe. In contrast to periods such as the “Year Without Summer” after the eruption of Tambora, these extreme climatic conditions seem to have occurred by chance and in relation to the internal variability of the climate system.
Throughout the last millennium, several cold periods occurred which affected humanity. Here, we...
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