• Agencia Estatal de Meteorología
  • CIMA Research Foundation
  • Comissionat per a Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Innovació, Universitats I Empresa de la Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Consell Asesor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible
  • European Geosciences Union
  • European Science Foundation
  • FLASH project
  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Generalitat de Catalunya-Direcció General de Protecció Civil
  • Meteorological Service of Catalonia
  • Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación
  • University of Barcelona


Paleofloods and Historical Information Concerning Mediterranean Storms (floods, tornadoes, heavy winds, ground effects, etc.)

The local assessment of the damaging effects of Mediterranean Storms is a difficult task as extreme events are usually rarely observed by the hydro-meteorological networks. Their density are often inaccurate in regard to the spatial variability of extreme Mediterranean events and induce a large statistical extrapolation from instrumental records. Reconstruction of past events is possible by using geo-morphological indicators (paleofloods) and documentary evidences. Such approaches allow to enlarge by hundreds to thousands of years the length of instrumental records.

This session aims to bring together interdisciplinary works of scientists from geomorphology, paleo-hydrology, environmental history, meteorology, climatology, hydrology and hydraulics … to discuss the use of geo-morphological and document sources to improve the assessment of extreme Mediterranean storms and related effects (floods, tornadoes, heavy winds, landslides …). The following topics are of particular interest :

a) Case studies with reconstruction of past extreme events
b) Statistical analysis using paleo or historical data
c) Uncertainty analysis on datation and magnitude reconstruction
d) Climate and meteorological analysis of past extreme events
e) Database of paleo and historical data