Category: Drought

‘Forcing’ in PDSI Calculation

Understanding Forcing in the Calculation of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is a widely used metric for quantifying the severity and duration of drought conditions in a given region. At the core of the PDSI calculation is a complex process of “forcing” that plays a critical role in

Drying Up: The Impact of Global Warming on Drought Conditions in India

Effects of global warming on drought in India Drought, a prolonged period of abnormally low precipitation, is a natural phenomenon that has occurred throughout history. In recent years, however, India has experienced an increase in the frequency and severity of drought events, which can be attributed, at least in part, to global warming. Global warming,

Unraveling the Enigma: Unforeseen Data Patterns in R SPEI Package’s Water Balance Timeseries Analysis for Multiple Locations with Missing Values

R SPEI Package: Water balance time series analysis for multiple sites with missing data Drought is a major environmental challenge that affects multiple sectors, including agriculture, water resources, and ecosystems. Understanding drought patterns and their impact on water availability is critical for effective water management and planning. The Standardized Precipitation-Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) is a widely

Is Scotland Facing a Drought Crisis?

Scotland is known for its lush green landscapes, but in recent years the country has experienced droughts in some areas. Drought is a natural phenomenon that occurs when there is a prolonged period of below average rainfall, resulting in a shortage of water for human and agricultural needs. In this article we will explore the

The Annual Variability of Total Precipitation on Earth: Implications for Drought

Precipitation is a critical component of the Earth’s water cycle and plays a vital role in sustaining life on our planet. The amount of precipitation that falls on the Earth’s surface varies from year to year, and this variability can have significant impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, and human populations. Understanding the magnitude and patterns of