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Title: A multimodel assessment of drought characteristics and risks over the Huang-Huai-Hai River basin, China, under climate change
Authors: Dai, Chaoyan
Qin, Xiaosheng
Lu, William Tang
Zang, Huikai
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Dai, C., Qin, X., Lu, W. T. & Zang, H. (2020). A multimodel assessment of drought characteristics and risks over the Huang-Huai-Hai River basin, China, under climate change. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 141, 601-613.
Project: M4081327.030
Journal: Theoretical and Applied Climatology
Abstract: Drought has become one of the most serious meteorological disasters for agricultural production in many areas around the world, and the situation could be worse under the impact of climate change. To facilitate better adaptation planning, this study proposed a drought assessment framework integrating downscaling method, drought index, copula technique, and bivariate frequency analysis, and applied it to investigate the change of the drought characteristics and drought risks from the past to the future in Huang-Huai-Hai River basin (HRB), North China. Drought was firstly defined by standardized precipitation evapotranspiration index (SPEI) based on 1497 observed grid data from 1979 to 2004. Then, we constructed the joint distribution of drought duration and severity based on copulas to detect and quantify the drought risks. To address the effect of climate change, similar calculation process was applied to the future climate data, which was downscaled using delta change method from representative concentration pathway (RCP 8.5) of 12 general circulation models (GCMs). The study results suggested that, under climate change condition, most irrigation districts over HRB would generally experience lower frequency of drought events but with extended duration; some districts would have more serious drought, but majority would experience similar or even lower level of severity. In light of the mean joint occurrence probability, the irrigation district at the south part of Huai River basin would likely experience the highest increase of drought risks in near future (by 0.86%) and distant future (by 0.76%), while most of other districts over HRB would face low risk of serious drought risks. The obtained results offer useful information to agricultural managers or water resources authorities who are interested in the development of effective long-term adaptation strategies for drought management.
ISSN: 0177-798X
DOI: 10.1007/s00704-020-03236-x
Rights: © Springer-Verlag GmbH Austria, part of Springer Nature 2020. All rights reserved.
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