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Volume 19, issue 9 | Copyright

Special issue: Floods and their changes in historical times – a European...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3807-3827, 2015
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Research article 10 Sep 2015

Research article | 10 Sep 2015

Influence of solar forcing, climate variability and modes of low-frequency atmospheric variability on summer floods in Switzerland

J. C. Peña et al.
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The paper presents an index of summer flood damage in Switzerland from 1800 to 2009 and explores the influence of solar forcing, climate variability and low-frequency atmospheric circulation on flood frequencies. The flood damage index provides evidence that the 1817-1851, 1881-1927, 1977-1990 and 2005-present flood clusters are mostly in phase with palaeoclimate proxies and solar activity minima. Floods are influenced by atmospheric instability related to the principal summer mode.
The paper presents an index of summer flood damage in Switzerland from 1800 to 2009 and explores...