Title: Meteorological Droughts in Europe: Events and Impacts: Past Trends and Future Projections
Authors: SPINONI JONATHANNAUMANN GUSTAVOVOGT JUERGENBARBOSA PAULO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC100394
ISBN: 978-92-79-55097-3 (print)
978-92-79-55098-0 (PDF)
978-92-79-63946-3 (ePub)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27748
OP LB-NA-27748-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-27748-EN-N (online)
OP LB-NA-27748-EN-E (ePub)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC100394
DOI: 10.2788/79637
10.2788/450449
10.2788/802823
Type: eBook
Abstract: Observational records from 1950 onwards and climate projections for the 21st century provide evidence that droughts are a recurrent climate feature in large parts of Europe, especially in the Mediterranean, but also in western, south-eastern and central Europe. Trends over the past 60 years show an increasing frequency, duration and intensity of droughts in these regions, while a negative trend has been observed in north-eastern Europe. With a changing climate, this tendency is likely to be reinforced during the 21st century, affecting a wide range of socioeconomic sectors. The report provides a detailed description of the characteristics of drought events (i.e. their frequency, duration, intensity, severity) across Europe, and their evolution over the period 1950 to 2012, as well as projections until the end of the 21st century. A pan-European database of meteorological drought events for the period 1950-2012 and of their related sectorial impacts was built and a framework developed that links drought severity to expected damages under present and future climate.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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