Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
03 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 03 Jan 2020

Evaluation of a combined drought indicator and its potential for agricultural drought prediction in southern Spain

María del Pilar Jiménez-Donaire, Ana Tarquis, and Juan Vicente Giráldez


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Sep 2019) by Jonathan Rizzi
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (02 Oct 2019)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Oct 2019) by Jonathan Rizzi
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (18 Oct 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Oct 2019) by Jonathan Rizzi
AR by Pilar Jimenez-Donaire on behalf of the Authors (06 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
A new combined drought indicator (CDI) is proposed that integrates rainfall, soil moisture and vegetation dynamics. The performance of this indicator was evaluated against crop damage data from agricultural insurance schemes in five different areas in SW Spain. Results show that this indicator was able to predict important droughts in 2004–2005 and 2011–2012, marked by crop damage of between 70 % and 95 % of the total insured area. This opens important applications for improving insurance schemes.
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