Water Runoff from Europe's Upper Rhine River Basin
Hanggi, P. and Weingartner, R. 2011. Inter-annual variability of runoff and climate within the Upper Rhine River basin, 1808-2007. Hydrological Sciences Journal 56: 34-50.
Results indicated that winter and spring runoff, precipitation and air temperature "have increased considerably," but they say that "runoff conditions of summer, autumn and the whole year did not vary considerably during the past 200 years," noting that "the pronounced changes in the amounts of areal precipitation and especially in air temperature were therefore not able to alter the hydrological system within these seasons." This finding is truly amazing, in light of the facts that (1) temperatures experienced during the Little Ice Age were some of the coldest of the entire Holocene or current interglacial, and that (2) the world's climate alarmists contend that recent temperatures have been the warmest of the past millennium or two. Thus, it is no surprise that with respect to the primary implication of their results, the two Institute of Geography and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research scientists (of the University of Bern, Switzerland) conclude that, for the future, "annual amounts of runoff will not change much for the Upper Rhine River, and will remain within the same range as observed during the last two centuries."
Pfister, C., Weingartner, R. and Luterbacher, J. 2006. Hydrological winter droughts over the last 450 years in the Upper Rhine basin: a methodological approach. Hydrological Sciences Journal 51: 966-985.
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