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Identification of Caribbean basin hurricanes from Spanish documentary sources

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García Herrera, Ricardo and Gimeno, Luis and Ribera, Pedro and Hernández, Emiliano and González, Ester and Fernández, Guadalupe (2007) Identification of Caribbean basin hurricanes from Spanish documentary sources. Climatic change, 83 (01-feb). pp. 55-85. ISSN 0165-0009

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-006-9124-4


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This paper analyses five hurricanes that occurred in the period 1600 to 1800. These examples were identified during a systematic search in the General Archive of the Indies (AGI) in Seville. The research combined the expertise of climatologists and historians in order to optimise the search and analysis strategies. Results demonstrate the potential of this archive for the assessment of hurricanes in this period and show some of the difficulties involved in the collection of evidence of hurricane activity. The documents provide detailed descriptions of a hurricane's impacts and allow us to identify previously unreported hurricanes, obtain more precise dates for hurricanes previously identified, better define the area affected by a given hurricane and, finally, better assess a hurricane's intensity.


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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007.
This paper has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (grant number REN2002-3984-E) and by MAPFRE Foundation. Mike Chenoweth and two anonymous reviewers provided extremely helpful comments, which we believe have improved substantially the original manuscript. Dennis Wheeler kindly corrected the final version of the manuscript.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Intensity
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:34757
Deposited On:09 Dec 2015 17:50
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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