Articles | Volume 21, issue 5
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1685–1701, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1685-2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1685–1701, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1685-2021
Research article
31 May 2021
Research article | 31 May 2021

Changes in drought features at the European level over the last 120 years

Monica Ionita and Viorica Nagavciuc

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By analyzing the joint frequency of compound events (e.g., high temperatures and droughts), we show that the potential evapotranspiration and mean air temperature are becoming essential components for drought occurrence over Central Europe and the Mediterranean region. This, together with the projected increase in potential evapotranspiration under a warming climate, has significant implications concerning the future occurrence of drought events over these regions.
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