Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Clim. Past, 16, 1207–1222, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1207-2020

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

Clim. Past, 16, 1207–1222, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1207-2020

Research article 10 Jul 2020

Research article | 10 Jul 2020

Reconstructions of droughts in Germany since 1500 – combining hermeneutic information and instrumental records in historical and modern perspectives

Rüdiger Glaser and Michael Kahle

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A new study on droughts in Germany since 1500 reveals the long-term trend of single extreme events, as well as drier periods. Extreme droughts appeared in 1540, 1590, 1615, 1706, 1834, 1893, 1921, 1949 and 2018. Like today, droughts had manifold impacts such as harvest failures, water deficits, low water levels and forest fires. This had different societal consequences ranging from famine, disease, rising prices, migration and riots leading to subsidies and discussions on climate change.