Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1939–1955, 2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1939–1955, 2021

Data description paper 10 May 2021

Data description paper | 10 May 2021

Historical cartographic and topo-bathymetric database on the French Rhône River (17th–20th century)

Fanny Arnaud et al.

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Cited articles

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Arnaud, F., Sehen Chanu, L., Grillot, J., Riquier, J., Piégay, H., Roux-Michollet, D., Carrel, G., and Olivier, J. M.: Cartographic and topo-bathymetric archive dataset on the French Rhône River (17th–20th centuries), PANGAEA,, 2020a. 
Arnaud, F., Lerigoleur, E., Jean-Charles, A., Le Berre, I., Pardo, C., Raynal, J. C., Fozzani, J., Michel, K., Trémélo, M. L., and Roux-Michollet, D.: Managing and sharing multidisciplinary information in human-environment observatories: feedbacks and recommendations from the French DRIIHM network, Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Sciences,, 2020b. 
Arnaud, F., Piégay, H., Schmitt, L., Rollet, A. J., Ferrier, V., and Béal, D.: Historical geomorphic analysis (1932–2011) of a by-passed river reach in process-based restoration perspectives: The Old Rhine downstream of the Kembs diversion dam (France, Germany), Geomorphology, 236, 163–177,, 2015. 
Arnaud-Fassetta, G.: River channel changes in the Rhone Delta (France) since the end of the Little Ice Age: geomorphological adjustment to hydroclimatic change and natural resource management, Catena, 51, 141–172,, 2003. 
Short summary
This article provides a database of 350 cartographic and topographic resources on the 530-km-long French Rhône River, compiled from the 17th to mid-20th century in 14 national, regional, and departmental archive services. The database has several potential applications in geomorphology, retrospective hydraulic modelling, historical ecology, and sustainable river management and restoration, as well as permitting comparisons of channel changes with other human-impacted rivers worldwide.