Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Clim. Past, 16, 1821–1846, 2020

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

Clim. Past, 16, 1821–1846, 2020

Research article 28 Sep 2020

Research article | 28 Sep 2020

Low water stage marks on hunger stones: verification for the Elbe from 1616 to 2015

Libor Elleder et al.

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The paper deals with the issue of documenting hydrological drought with the help of drought marks preserved on dozens of hunger stones in the river channel of the Elbe. These low water levels can be considered mostly as a reliable indication of annual water level minima. The overall slight downward trend of these minima since the end of the 18th century is noticeable. The minima obtained from the 16th and 17th centuries are comparable to or lower than the minima from 1842, 1868 and 1874.