Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Clim. Past, 17, 913–927, 2021

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

Clim. Past, 17, 913–927, 2021

Research article 23 Apr 2021

Research article | 23 Apr 2021

Controlling water infrastructure and codifying water knowledge: institutional responses to severe drought in Barcelona (1620–1650)

Santiago Gorostiza et al.

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