Climatic Change

, Volume 46, Issue 1–2, pp 209–223 | Cite as

Sea Storms in the Adriatic Sea and the Western Mediterranean during the Last Millennium

  • Dario Camuffo
  • Caterina Secco
  • Peter Brimblecombe
  • Javier Martin-Vide

Abstract

Data regarding the frequency andoccurrence of sea storms in the Adriatic Sea and theWestern Mediterranean during the last millennium havebeen extracted from historical written sources. TheAdriatic Sea shows two anomalous periods of high stormfrequency: the first half of the 1500s and the secondhalf of the 1700s. In the 1500s the storms were morefrequent in autumn, while in the late 1700s theyoccurred at high frequency in winter. In the WesternMediterranean, storms had a higher frequency in thefirst half of the 1600s, with two lesser periods ofhigh frequency in the 1400s and at the end of the1700s. Although both records show a maximum frequencyof sea storms during the Spörer Minimum(1416–1534) of solar activity, sunspot series yieldno, or poor, correlation during the other periods oflowest activity, i.e., Oort Minimum (1010–1090), WolfMinimum (1282–1342), and Maunder Minimum (1645–1715),suggesting that a teleconnection between sea stormsand sunspots is improbable or masked in this region.No teleconnection was found either between the ElNiño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and surgesflooding Venice or the Western Mediterranean storms orbetween Venice surges and the Northern AtlanticOscillation (NAO).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dario Camuffo
    • 1
  • Caterina Secco
    • 2
  • Peter Brimblecombe
    • 3
  • Javier Martin-Vide
    • 4
  1. 1.National Research Council, CNR-ICTIMAPadovaItaly
  2. 2.13-Italian Internet InformationVigonza (Padova)Italy
  3. 3.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichU.K.
  4. 4.Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geography and HistoryUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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