Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

New evidence links solar activity to winter severity in central Europe.

The best climatic reconstructions are compiled at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. Climatic data from scientific “proxy data,” like ice cores or tree rings, can be refined using weather descriptions in historical evidence written by contemporary observers. The most useful documents for the reconstruction of past climates are often the most simple and the easiest to quantify. In the straightforward weather observations provided in ship logbooks or financial accounts, for example, relationships between weather, its environmental consequences, and human observers are often the clearest. Describing a simple environmental phenomenon with an easily identifiable meteorological cause, easily quantifiable records of river freezing are especially valuable. Used for decades by Dutch scholars, they have recently been applied to a central European context by an international team of researchers under Frank Sirocko of Johannes Gutenberg University. More . . .

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About D Degroot

I am an assistant professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. My research explores flexibility and resilience in the face of climate change across the early modern world. I am the co-administrator of the Climate History Network, and the administrator of HistoricalClimatology.com. For more about my work, visit DagomarDegroot.com.

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This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 by in In the News, Publications.
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