Mariano Barriendos's research while affiliated with University of Barcelona and other places

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Based on newly-available meteorological reanalysis, we compile and present extended seasonal series of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and Greenland Blocking indices spanning 1800–2020, which we analyse for evidence of significant trends. This represents a major backward extension of the previously available instrumental-/reanalysis-based Azor...
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The winter 1788/9 was one of the coldest winters Europe had witnessed in the past 300 years. Fortunately for historical climatologists, this extreme event occurred at a time when many stations across Europe, both private and as part of coordinated networks, were making quantitative observations of the weather. This means that several dozens of earl...
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Current climate modelling frameworks present significant uncertainties when it comes to quantifying flood quantiles in the context of climate change, calling for new information and strategies in hazard assessments. Here, state-of-the-art methods on hydraulic and statistical modelling are applied to historical and contemporaneous flood records to e...
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Current climate modelling frameworks present significant uncertainties when it comes to quantifying flood quantiles in the context of climate change, calling for new information and strategies in hazard assessments. Here, state-of-the-art methods on hydraulic and statistical modelling are applied to historical and contemporaneous flood records to e...
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Combining historical climatology and environmental history, this article examines the diverse range of strategies deployed by the city government of Barcelona (Catalonia, NE Spain) to confront the recurrent drought episodes experienced between 1626 and 1650. Our reconstruction of drought in Barcelona for the period 1525-1821, based on pro pluvia ro...
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The study of historical floods is a growing research trend that has generated numerous methodologies that aim to convert the qualitative historical documentation into quantitative information. This codification process aims to make comparable in time and space the manner in which past societies adapted to floods, and so extract the positive or nega...
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From 1755 to 1801 in Spain, many articles and reports were written about common bunt, a seed-borne plague that was difficult to control at the time. The objective of the study is to better understand this plague and the relationship between historical rainfall indexes and years of higher reported outbreaks. We compared documentary sources on extrem...
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From 1755 to 1801 in Spain, many articles and reports were written about common bunt, a seed-borne plague that was difficult to control at the time. The objective of the study is to better understand this plague and the relationship between historical rainfall indexes and years of higher reported outbreaks. We compared documentary sources on extrem...
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There are concerns that recent climate change is altering the frequency and magnitude of river floods in an unprecedented way1. Historical studies have identified flood-rich periods in the past half millennium in various regions of Europe2. However, because of the low temporal resolution of existing datasets and the relatively low number of series,...
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Abstract. Combining historical climatology and environmental history, this article examines the diverse range of strategies deployed by the city government of Barcelona to confront the recurrent drought episodes experienced between 1626 and 1650. First, our reconstruction of drought episodes for the period 1525–1821, based on pro pluvia rogations a...
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Climate change implies changes in the frequency and magnitude of flood events. The influence of climate variability on flooding was evaluated by an analysis of sedimentary (palaeofloods) and documentary archives. A 500-year palaeoflood record at Montlleó River (657 km2 in catchment area), eastern Spain, revealed up to 31 palaeofloods with a range o...
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A global inventory of early instrumental meteorological measurements is compiled that comprises thousands of mostly nondigitized series, pointing to the potential of weather data rescue.
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Documentary evidence can provide high-resolution data pertaining to past droughts. This may include a wide range of sources, among them: narratives (annals, chronicles, memoirs); diaries kept by persons specifically interested in the weather; accountancy and economic-administrative archives; legal-administrative records; religious observances; lett...
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Instrumental meteorological measurements from periods prior to the start of national weather services are designated “early instrumental data.” They have played an important role in climate research as they allow daily to decadal variability and changes of temperature, pressure, and precipitation, including extremes, to be addressed. Early instrume...
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In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, few studies have reconstructed drought occurrence and variability for the pre-instrumental period using documentary evidence and natural proxies. In this study, we compiled a unique dataset of rogation ceremonies – religious acts asking God for rain – from 13 cities in the northeast of Spain and investigat...
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The Duero River is one of the three major rivers in the Iberian Peninsula, draining an area of 98,073 km 2 (20% in Portugal and 80% in Spain) into the Atlantic Ocean, producing some of the highest peak discharges to be found in European rivers with similar drainage area. The estimation of peak discharges during historic and prehistoric periods and...
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The Spanish Mediterranean river basin provides a good background for studying floods from documentary and bibliographical sources within the specialty of historical climatology. This study region's long history of human occupation and climatic conditions together determine a high risk of flooding. As a result, there exists an enormous amount of doc...
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Traditionally, the Val d’Aran in Spain has been considered the headwaters of the Garonne River, an international river that, after a short journey through Spain, goes into France and heads towards its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean after a journey of more than 647 km. Systematic gauging of the Garonne River are recorded in Bossost near the outlet of t...
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The analsys of two important flash floods occurred in the Sió River basin in November 2015 and November 2016 respectively has pointed out the unpremeditated effect of traditional riverine land management on flood mitigation. Indeed, in this area, farmers have traditionally cultivated the flood plains, thus gaining land to the river, eventually cons...
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River flooding is among the most destructive of natural hazards globally, causing widespread loss of life, damage to infrastructure and economic deprivation. Societies are currently under increasing threat from such floods, predominantly from increasing exposure of people and assets in flood‐prone areas, but also as a result of changes in flood mag...
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Reliable and complete knowledge of the historical floods is necessary for understanding the extreme hydrological dynamics of the rivers, their natural variability and anthropic changes. In this work we reconstruct the most important floods of the Ebro basin during the last 400 years in different areas of the basin. The analysis is based on four dif...
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Las royas del trigo son hongos basidiomicetos que afectan a la planta de trigo, sobre todo a la hoja. Existen tres especies diferentes de royas del trigo: la roya amarilla que está causada por el hongo Puccinia striiformis, la roya de la hoja causada por P. triticina y la roya del tallo causada por P. graminis f. sp. tritici. Son enfermedades que h...
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In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, drought recurrence, intensity, persistence and spatial variability have been mainly studied by using instrumental data covering the past ca. 60 years. Fewer studies have reconstructed drought occurrence and variability for the preinstrumental period using documentary evidence and natural proxies. In this s...
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The Little Ice Age (LIA) is known as one of the coldest stages of the Holocene. Most records from the Northern Hemisphere show evidence of significantly colder conditions during the LIA, which in some cases had substantial socio-economic consequences. In this study we investigated the magnitude and timing of climate variability during the LIA in th...
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The aim of this study is to analyze the large scale atmospheric circulation modes (PCA) and the synoptic atmospheric patterns (ST) connected with the most severe floods events affecting Tortosa, at the low course of the Ebro river (NE of Iberian Peninsula). PCA’s and ST’s were inferred from the monthly Sea Level Pressure (SLP) of the 20th Century V...
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Tree rings are natural archives that annually record distinct types of past climate variability depending on the parameters measured. Here, we use ring-width and stable isotopes in cellulose of trees from the northwestern Iberian Peninsula (IP) to understand regional summer hydroclimate over the last 400 years and the associated atmospheric pattern...
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In the framework of the projects CGL2011-28255 and CGL2015-69985 a multi-proxy and instrumental database has been generated with the aim of analyzing the evo- lution, trends, variability and extreme events of temperature and precipitation in the northeast of Spain over the last 400 years. In this paper, we present a novel database that integrates m...
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According to our SPI reconstruction 7 substantially dry and 5 wet periods are identified since the late 17th century considering ≥ ± 1.76 standard deviations. Besides these, 36 drought and 28 pluvial years were identified. Some of these years, such as 1725, 1741, 1803 and 1879 are also revealed in other drought reconstructions in Romania and Turkey...
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The IPCC report (IPCC, 2013) highlighted a likely increase of average global temperatures in upcoming decades, and pointed particularly to the Mediterranean basin, and therefore in the Iberian Peninsula (IP), as a region of substantial modelled temperature changes. Therefore, it is particularly important to study the evolution of the climate to be...
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Detection and reconstruction of early instrumental series is an interdisciplinary activity that allows us to extend climate data records to periods prior to the mid-19th century, extending the overlapping periods with climate proxies and characterizing extreme events. In this work, the collection of several data sources corresponding to different p...
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En este trabajo se analizan las sequías de mediados del siglo xvii en las tierras centrales del valle del Ebro y su impacto en la demografía. Mediante la recopilación de ceremo-nias de rogativas «ad petendam pluviam» y reconstrucciones dendroclimáticas, se ha elaborado un índice de sequía y precipitación de todo el siglo y se ha relacionado con los...
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In this work we analyzing the evolution of a convective index proposed by Done et al. (2006) and modified by Molini et al. (2011) for the most important floods occurred in NE Iberian Peninsula since 1874.
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The night of 2-3 November 2015 torrential rains fell on the headwaters of the Sió River catchment (508 km2); the subsequent flood caused four deaths and many damages along the stream. The hydrological, hydraulic and sedimentary characteristics of this recent flood have been analysed in order to gain a better insight on the characteristics of the ma...
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This paper analyzes human factors that have been able to influence the variability of floods along last 6 centuries (demography, hydraulic infrastructures, urban development...). This approach improves strongly understanding of mechanisms producing major flood events on Eastern coast of Iberian Peninsula, with identification and evaluation of natur...
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The spatial context is critical when assessing present-day climate anomalies, attributing them to potential forcings and making statements regarding their frequency and severity in a long-term perspective. Recent international initiatives have expanded the number of high-quality proxy-records and developed new statistical reconstruction methods. Th...
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This paper analyses the meteorological conditions and the specific peak flows of 24 catastrophic floods that affected NE Iberian Peninsula in the period 1842–2000. We classify these floods according to the affected area, peak flow magnitude, and damages. Additionally, the NOAA 6 Hourly 20th Century V2 Reanalysis Data Composites have been used to an...
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Las sequías son un fenómeno recurrente en la cuenca mediterránea con consecuencias negativas para la sociedad, las actividades económicas y los sistemas naturales. Sin embargo, el estudio de las sequías en España se ha limitado hasta ahora al relativamente corto período instrumental. En este trabajo se presenta el potencial de la dendrocronología p...
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The higher frequency of severe flood events in Switzerland in recent decades has given fresh impetus to the study of flood patterns and their possible forcing mechanisms, particularly in mountain environments. This paper presents a new index of summer flood damage that considers severe and catastrophic summer floods in Switzerland between 1800 and...
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The eruption of Mount Tambora (Indonesia) in April 1815 is the largest documented volcanic eruption in history. It is associated with a large global cooling during the following year, felt particularly in parts of Europe and North America, where the year 1816 became known as the "year without a summer". This paper describes an effort made to collec...
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A multidisciplinary methodology for historical floods reconstruction was applied to 1874 Santa Tecla floods occurred in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula), using both historical information and meteorological data from 20th Century Reanalysis. The results confirmed the exceptionality of the event: the highest modeled specific peak flow was around 14....
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The eruption of Mount Tambora (Indonesia) in April 1815 is the largest documented volcanic eruption in history. It caused a large global cooling during the following year, felt particularly in parts of Europe and North America, where the year 1816 became known as the "year without a summer". This paper describes an effort made to collect surface me...
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Floods are the most severe natural hazard in the western Mediterranean basin. They, and especially flash floods in small catchments (<500 km2), cause most of the damages and most of the victims. Some of the selected flash floods caused more than one hundred casualties each and a large quantity of damages in infrastructures. Flash floods in the nort...
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The Segre River, which drains the eastern sector of the southern face of the Pyrenees, is one of the two main tributaries of the Ebro River, one of the greatest rivers in the Iberian Peninsula. With its 11,370 km2, the Segre River catchment is 13.5% of the Ebro basin area but its contribution to annual runoff is 19%; moreover, this contribution dur...
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The higher frequency of severe flood events in Switzerland in recent decades has given fresh impetus to the study of flood patterns and their possible forcing mechanisms, particularly in mountain environments. This paper presents an index of summer flood damage that considers severe and catastrophic summer floods in Switzerland between 1800 and 200...
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"Prediflood" is a database of historical floods that occurred in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula), between the 11th century and the 21st century. More than 2700 flood cases are catalogued, and more than 1100 flood events. This database contains information acquired under modern historiographical criteria and it is, therefore, suitable for use in mu...
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“Prediflood” is a database of historical floods that occurred in Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula), between the 11th century and the 21st century. More than 2700 flood cases are catalogued, and more than 1100 flood events. This database contains information acquired under modern historiographical criteria and it is, therefore, suitable for use in mu...
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Detection and reconstruction of old instrumental series with meteorological data is an interdisciplinary activity with a large number of difficulties. Scientific history of Barcelona city contains a good number of documentary sources, bibliography, newspapers and scientific reports with enough potential to make possible reconstruction of long-term...
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Study of flood events in long historical chronologies is common in different European basins. The main objective of these kind of studies is to describe climatic variability related to hydrometeorological events, but also to detect and reconstruct extreme meteorological events occurring at very low frequencies. This study shows the firsts results o...