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Indicator

Meteorological and hydrological droughts

Description

  • Drought has been a recurrent feature of the European climate. From 2006–2010, on average 15 % of the EU territory and 17 % of the EU population have been affected by meteorological droughts each year.
  • The severity and frequency of meteorological and hydrological droughts have increased in parts of Europe, in particular in south-western and central Europe.
  • Available studies project large increases in the frequency, duration and severity of meteorological and hydrological droughts in most of Europe over the 21st century, except for northern European regions. The greatest increase in drought conditions is projected for southern Europe, where it would increase competition between different water users, such as agriculture, industry, tourism and households.

Reference information

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Source:
EEA

Keywords

CLIM018, drought, river flow

Climate impacts

Droughts

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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