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Searching for the optimal drought index and timescale combination to detect drought: a case study from the lower Jinsha River basin, China

FLUIXÁ-SANMARTÍN J., PAN D., FISCHER L., ORLOWSKY B., GARIÍA-HERNÁNDEZ J., JORDAN F., HAEMMIG C., ZHANG F., XU J. (2018)
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 889-910, 2018

In China, droughts represent a severe threat to socioeconomic development and ecosystems. It is thus necessary to characterize these events in order to reduce and anticipate their impacts. This study proposes an innovative approach for a catchment-wide drought detection and characterization. Two overall drought indicators have been defined and calibrated with real historical events, which have been collected and cataloged.

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