paleoclimate

Historical documents allow scientists to reconstruct the flooding history in Italy over hundreds of years

How to retrieve flood data from historical sources?

The researchers examined a vast number of historical documents including digitised diaries and old books. Out of the ~100,000 bibliographic entries, only 150 were found to be useful for the region and time period. Following watercolour painting is one of the historical documents of flood events affecting the city of Rome (Italy).