Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Clim. Past, 16, 627–661, 2020

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

Clim. Past, 16, 627–661, 2020
Research article
01 Apr 2020
Research article | 01 Apr 2020

Droughts in the area of Poland in recent centuries in the light of multi-proxy data

Rajmund Przybylak et al.

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The paper presents the main features of droughts in Poland in the period 996–2015 based on proxy data (documentary and dendrochronological) and instrumental measurements of precipitation. More than 100 droughts were found in documentary sources from the mid-15th century to the end of the 18th century with a maximum in the second halves of the 17th and, particularly, the 18th century. The long-term frequency of droughts in Poland has been stable for the last two or three centuries.