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    The Complex and Spatially Diverse Patterns of Hydrological Droughts Across Europe

    Peña‐Angulo, D. and Vicente‐Serrano, S. M. and Domínguez‐Castro, F. and Lorenzo‐Lacruz, J. and Murphy, Conor and Hannaford, J. and Allan, R. P. and Tramblay, Y. and Reig‐Gracia, F. and El Kenawy, A. (2022) The Complex and Spatially Diverse Patterns of Hydrological Droughts Across Europe. Water Resources Research, 58 (4). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0043-1397

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    This study presents a new data set of gauged streamflow (N = 3,224) for Europe spanning the period 1962–2017. The Monthly Streamflow of Europe Dataset (MSED) is freely available at Based on this data set, changes in the characteristics of hydrological drought (i.e., frequency, duration, and severity) were assessed for different regions of Europe. Due to the density of the database, it is possible to delimit spatial patterns in hydrological droughts trend with the greatest detail available to date. Results reveal bidirectional changes in monthly streamflow, with negative changes predominating over central and southern Europe, while positive trends dominate over northern Europe. Temporally, two dominant patterns were noted. The first pattern corresponds to a consistent downward trend in all months, evident for southern Europe. A second pattern was noted over central and northern Europe and western France, with a predominant negative trend during warm months and a positive trend in cold months. For hydrological drought events, results suggest a positive trend toward more frequent and severe droughts in southern and central Europe and conversely a negative trend over northern Europe. This study emphasizes that hydrological droughts show complex spatial patterns across Europe over the past six decades, implying that hydrological drought behavior in Europe has a regional character. Accordingly it is challenging to adopt “efficient” strategies and policies to monitor and mitigate drought impacts at the continental level

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    Additional Information: This work was supported by the research projects CGL2017-82216-R and CGL2017-83866-C3-1-R and PCI2019-103631, financed by the Spanish Commission of Science and Technology and FEDER; CROSSDRO project financed by the AXIS (Assessment of Cross(X)—Sectorial climate Impacts and pathways for Sustainable transformation), JPI-Climate co-funded call of the Euro-pean Commission and INDECIS which is part of ERA4CS, an ERA-NET initiated by JPI Climate, and funded by FORMAS (SE), DLR (DE), BMWFW (AT), IFD (DK), MINECO (ES), ANR (FR) with co-funding by the European Union (Grant 690462). Cite as: Peña-Angulo, D., Vicente-Serrano, S. M., Domínguez-Castro, F., Lorenzo-Lacruz, J., Murphy, C., Hannaford, J., et al. (2022). The complex and spatially diverse patterns of hydrological droughts across Europe. Water Resources Research, 58, e2022WR031976. https://doi. org/10.1029/2022WR03197
    Keywords: Hydrological drought; Europe; monitoring and mitigation of drought;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 17738
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    Depositing User: Conor Murphy
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2023 11:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Water Resources Research
    Publisher: Advancing Earth and Space Science AGU
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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