A review of flood records from tree rings

J. A. Ballesteros-Cánovas, M. Stoffel, Scott St. George, K. Hirschboeck

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Abstract

Palaeohydrology is now recognized as a valuable approach to characterize the hazards posed by flooding. Tree rings have emerged as an important source of evidence for paleohydrological studies, and, since the 1960s, have been used to document the occurrence of past floods. In this progress report we outline the major contributions of tree-ring records to flood research. By reviewing the key advances in this field, documenting different research trajectories, and highlighting recent developments, we make an argument in favor of more extensive use of tree rings in flood analyses. We show how tree-ring data have been applied to risk assessment and outline how the widespread distribution of flood-affected trees can be used to improve the understanding of flood processes. In addition, we outline new approaches and future perspectives for the inclusion of woody vegetation in hazard assessments, and end with new thematic perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)794-816
Number of pages23
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Keywords

  • dendrogeomorphology
  • flash floods
  • floods
  • paleofloods
  • paleohydrology
  • tree rings

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Ballesteros-Cánovas, J. A., Stoffel, M., St. George, S., & Hirschboeck, K. (2015). A review of flood records from tree rings. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(6), 794-816. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133315608758

A review of flood records from tree rings. / Ballesteros-Cánovas, J. A.; Stoffel, M.; St. George, Scott; Hirschboeck, K.

In: Progress in Physical Geography, Vol. 39, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 794-816.

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Ballesteros-Cánovas, JA, Stoffel, M, St. George, S & Hirschboeck, K 2015, 'A review of flood records from tree rings', Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 794-816. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133315608758
Ballesteros-Cánovas, J. A. ; Stoffel, M. ; St. George, Scott ; Hirschboeck, K. / A review of flood records from tree rings. In: Progress in Physical Geography. 2015 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 794-816.
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