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Storm surge
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1. Introduction

Storm surges, like storms and hurricanes, are climatic natural events associated with notably catastrophic damage and great losses to life and property (Natural catastrophe). During the Middle Ages and early modern period, they were sometimes responsible for considerable alterations to coastal geography. A storm surge is defined as a high tide that exceeds the average by more than 1.…

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Rohr, Christian and Glaser, Rüdiger, “Storm surge”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028453>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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