Drought develops from atmospheric drivers (anomalies in precipitation and temperature / potential evaporation) and their interaction with the land surface. Based on the characteristics of the land surface and antecedent conditions, these atmospheric drivers trigger certain soil moisture drought and/or hydrological drought conditions in different areas. In our research we investigate this drought propagation from meteorological drought to soil moisture drought and hydrological drought. We use data analysis, conceptual modelling, and statistical modelling in different parts of Europe.

This research is currently done by Colin Manning.

Featured publications:

  • Manning et al. (2018) – Soil Moisture Drought in Europe: A Compound Event of Precipitation and Potential Evapotranspiration on Multiple Timescales – Journal of Hydrometeorology
  • Longobardi & Van Loon (2018) – Assessing baseflow index vulnerability to variation in dry spell length for a range of catchment and climate properties – Hydrological Processes
  • Van Loon (2015) – Hydrological drought explained – WIREs Water

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