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Long-Term Community Responses to Droughts in the Early Modern Period: The Case Study of Terrassa, Spain

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dc.contributor.author Grau-Satorras, Mar
dc.contributor.author Otero, Iago
dc.contributor.author Gómez-Baggethun, Erik
dc.contributor.author Reyes-García, Victoria
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-15T19:38:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-15T19:38:48Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10202
dc.description.abstract "New challenges posed by global environmental change have motivated scholars to pay growing attention to historical long-term strategies to deal with climate extremes. We aim to understand long-term trends in community responses to cope with droughts, to explain how many preindustrial societies coevolved with local hydro-climatic dynamics and coped with climate extremes over time. The specific goals of this work are: (1) to analyze how local communities experienced droughts over long periods of time and (2) to document the spectrum of recorded community responses to drought. Our research covers over one century (1605-1710) of responses to drought in the community of Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain. Data were collected through archival research. We reviewed and coded 2076 village council minutes. Our results show that the local community adopted a mixture of symbolic, institutional, and infrastructural responses to drought and that drought-related decisions varied through time. We discuss adaptation strategies on the basis of the distinct physical signals of drought propagation and the role of nonclimatic historical factors, such as warfare and public debt, in shaping responses. We conclude that long-term perspectives on premodern history and comparable empirical studies are fundamental to advance our understanding of past social responses to hydro-climatic extremes." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject drought en_US
dc.title Long-Term Community Responses to Droughts in the Early Modern Period: The Case Study of Terrassa, Spain en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Spain en_US
dc.subject.sector Global Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 21 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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