Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Clim. Past, 15, 1647–1664, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1647-2019

Special issue: Droughts over centuries: what can documentary evidence tell...

Clim. Past, 15, 1647–1664, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1647-2019
Research article
02 Sep 2019
Research article | 02 Sep 2019

Rogation ceremonies: a key to understanding past drought variability in northeastern Spain since 1650

Ernesto Tejedor et al.

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We developed a new dataset of historical documents by compiling records (rogation ceremonies) from 13 cities in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula (IP). These records were transformed into quantitative continuous data to develop drought indices (DIs). We regionalized them by creating three DIs (Ebro Valle, Mediterranean, and Mountain), which cover the period from 1650 to 1899 CE. We identified extreme drought years and periods which help to understand climate variability in the IP.