Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 471–487, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-471-2020

Special issue: Recent advances in drought and water scarcity monitoring,...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 471–487, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-471-2020

Research article 19 Feb 2020

Research article | 19 Feb 2020

A joint probabilistic index for objective drought identification: the case study of Haiti

Beatrice Monteleone et al.

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This study proposes a new drought index that combines meteorological and agricultural drought aspects. The index is scalable, transferable all over the globe, can be updated in near real time and is a remote-sensing product, since only satellite-based datasets were employed. A set of rules to objectively identify drought events is also implemented. We found that the set of rules, applied together with the new index, outperformed conventional drought indices in identifying droughts in Haiti.
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