Hydrometeorological extremes in Southern Moravia derived from documentary evidence

Name of the project: GA13-19831S Hydrometeorological extremes in Southern Moravia derived from documentary evidence

Provider: Czech Science Foundation

Duration: 2013-2016

Applicant: Prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc. (Institute of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno)

Joint applicants: Mgr. Kateřina Chromá, Ph.D. (Global Change Research Centre)

Institute of Geography - Prof. RNDr. Petr Dobrovolný, CSc., Mgr. Lukáš Dolák, PhDr. Hubert Valášek, CSc.
Global Change Research Centre - Mg. Ladislava Řezníčková, Ph.D., Mgr. Pavel Zahradníček, Ph.D.

Characteristics of the project:
Hydrometeorological extremes (floods, thunderstorms, windstorms, hailstorms, torrential rains, frosts, droughts) cause material damage and loss of human lives. Expected changes in their frequency and magnitude in connection with the recent global warming has to be studied in historical context of the long-term climate variability. The short period of systematic meteorological and hydrological measurements are extended by extremes derived from documentary sources of historical climatology and historical hydrology (taxation records, family archives, chronicles and newspapers) which complement a period of systematic observations. Southern Moravia as the important region of the Czech Republic, moreover well covered by corresponding archival sources with hydrometeorological data, is selected for the detail historical-climatological study of extremes (frequency of the occurrence, magnitude, seasonality, reasons, impacts).