Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2

Studies on Historical Floods in Gdańsk (a Methodological Background)

Katarzyna Marosz

Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2, pp. 110-116 | Full text

The analysis and reconstruction of historical floods not only enriches historical documentation,but can also be perceived as a useful auxiliary tool in the planning of contemporaryflood management techniques. The reconstruction of floods on the basis of historical documentscan be carried out with the help of a GIS (Geographical Information System) equipped with thespatial analysis tools allowing the extent of flooding to be mapped. The present study reviews historicalfloods in Gdańsk briefly, before attempting to reconstruct one particular historical flood.

Keywords: flood, reconstruction, historical documents, DEM, GIS, Gdańsk, Poland

Katarzyna Marosz, Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland, Piłsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland