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Volume 19, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1993–2016, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-1993-2015
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1993–2016, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-1993-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 24 Apr 2015

Research article | 24 Apr 2015

Hydrological drought types in cold climates: quantitative analysis of causing factors and qualitative survey of impacts

A. F. Van Loon et al.

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Hydrological drought types in cold climates have complex causing factors and impacts. In Austria and Norway, a lack of snowmelt is mainly related to below-normal winter precipitation, and a lack of glaciermelt is mainly related to below-normal summer temperature. These and other hydrological drought types impacted hydropower production, water supply, and agriculture in Europe and the US in the recent and far past. For selected drought events in Norway impacts could be coupled to causing factors.
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