Articles | Volume 14, issue 8
Clim. Past, 14, 1135–1145, 2018
Clim. Past, 14, 1135–1145, 2018
Research article
09 Aug 2018
Research article | 09 Aug 2018

Variation of extreme drought and flood in North China revealed by document-based seasonal precipitation reconstruction for the past 300 years

Jingyun Zheng et al.

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We investigated the decadal variations of extreme droughts and floods in North China using a 17-site seasonal precipitation reconstruction from a unique historical archive. Then, the link of extreme droughts and floods with ENSO episodes and large volcanic eruptions was discussed. This study helps us understand whether the recent extreme events observed by instruments exceed the natural variability at a regional scale, which may be useful for adaptation to extremes and disasters in the future.