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Historic maps as a data source for socio-hydrology: a case study of the Lake Balaton wetland system, Hungary

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  • Ge Environmental Sciences / Környezettudomány
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  • Archaeology
  • Earth Science
  • Geography

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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 4589–4606, 2013 www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/4589/2013/ doi:10.5194/hess-17-4589-2013 © Author(s) 2013. CC Attribution 3.0 License. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences O pen A ccess Historic maps as a data source for socio-hydrology: a case study of the Lake Balaton wetland system, Hungary A. Zlinszky1,2,* and G. Timár3 1Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Klebelsberg Kuno út 3, 8237 Tihany, Hungary 2Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27–29, 1040 Wien, Austria 3Department of Geophysics and Space Science, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány Péter Sétány 1/c, 1117 Budapest, Hungary *Invited contribution by A. Zlinszky, recipient of the EGU Young Scientist Outstanding Poster Paper Award 2010. Correspondence to: A. Zlinszky ([email protected]) Received: 1 June 2013 – Published in Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.: 19 June 2013 Revised: 27 September 2013 – Accepted: 21 October 2013 – Published: 20 November 2013 Abstract. Socio-hydrology is the science of human influence on hydrology and the influence of the water cycle on human social systems. This newly emerging discipline inherently in- volves a historic perspective, often focusing on timescales of several centuries. While data on human history is typically available for this time frame, gathering information on the hydrological situation during such a period can prove diffi- cult: measured hydrological data for such long periods are rare, while models and secondary data sets from geomor- phology, pedology or archaeology are typically not accurate enough over such a short time. In the first part of this study, the use of historic maps in hydrology is reviewed. Major breakthroughs were the acceptance of historic map content as valid data, the use of preserved features for investigating situations earlier than the map, and th

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