Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Clim. Past, 16, 679–697, 2020

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

Clim. Past, 16, 679–697, 2020

Research article 06 Apr 2020

Research article | 06 Apr 2020

“Everything is scorched by the burning sun”: missionary perspectives and experiences of 19th- and early 20th-century droughts in semi-arid central Namibia

Stefan Grab and Tizian Zumthurm


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 Dec 2019) by Rudolf Brazdil
AR by Stefan Grab on behalf of the Authors (12 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Jan 2020) by Rudolf Brazdil
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (07 Feb 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Feb 2020) by Rudolf Brazdil
AR by Stefan Grab on behalf of the Authors (25 Feb 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Here we describe the unique nature of droughts over semi-arid central Namibia (southern Africa) between 1850 and 1920. We establish temporal shifts in the influence and impact that historical droughts had on society and the environment during this period. The paper demonstrates and argues that human experience and the associated reporting of drought events depend strongly on social, environmental, spatial, and societal developmental situations and perspectives.