Atmospheric circulation as a factor contributing to increasing drought severity in Central Europe

Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres | Lhotka et al. [2020] Long‐lasting and severe droughts seriously threaten agriculture, ecosystems, and society. Summer 2018 in central Europe was characterized by unusually persistent heat and drought, causing substantial economic losses, and became a part of a several years long dry period observed across this region. This study assesses … Continue reading Atmospheric circulation as a factor contributing to increasing drought severity in Central Europe

Increased future occurrences of the exceptional 2018–2019 central European drought under global warming

Scientific Reports | Hari al. [2020] Since the spring 2018, a large part of Europe has been in the midst of a record-setting drought. Using long-term observations, we demonstrate that the occurrence of the 2018–2019 (consecutive) summer drought is unprecedented in the last 250 years, and its combined impact on the growing season vegetation activities … Continue reading Increased future occurrences of the exceptional 2018–2019 central European drought under global warming

Representation of European hydroclimatic patterns with self-organizing maps

The Holocene | Markonis and Strnad [2020] Self-organizing maps provide a powerful, non-linear technique of dimensionality reduction that can be used to identify clusters with similar attributes. Here, they were constructed from a 1000-year-long gridded palaeoclimatic dataset, namely the Old World Drought Atlas, to detect regions of homogeneous hydroclimatic variability across the European continent. A … Continue reading Representation of European hydroclimatic patterns with self-organizing maps

eXtreme EuRopean drOughtS: Multimodel synthesis of past, present and future events

Recent European droughts are mostly evaluated within the context of hydroclimatic conditions of the second half of the 20th century. It is thus possible, that recent European drought events are less (or more) severe than previously thought. The XEROS project aims at (1) assessing the extremity of recent European drought events in the perspective of … Continue reading eXtreme EuRopean drOughtS: Multimodel synthesis of past, present and future events

ESA award to study drought in the Earth System Data Lab

The Earth system data lab is a new virtual lab developed by an ESA project to simultaneously access a wide array of Earth observations across space, time and variables. The principle idea is to explore the joint information of derived data streams as produced by several international scientific teams. Essentially, the ESDL consist of two … Continue reading ESA award to study drought in the Earth System Data Lab