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Indicator

River flow drought

Description

  • Europe has been affected by several major droughts in recent decades, such as the catastrophic drought associated with the 2003 summer heat wave in central parts of the continent and the 2005 drought in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Severity and frequency of droughts appear to have increased in parts of Europe, in particular in southern Europe.
  • Regions most prone to an increase in drought hazard are southern and south-eastern Europe, but minimum river flows will also decrease significantly in many other parts of the continent, especially in summer.

Reference information

Websites:
Source:
EEA - Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012 report

Keywords

CLIM018, drought, river flow

Climate impacts

Droughts

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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