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Volume 19, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4081–4098, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4081-2015
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Special issue: HYPER Droughts (HYdrological Precipitation – Evaporation...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4081–4098, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4081-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Oct 2015

Research article | 08 Oct 2015

Sensitivity of water scarcity events to ENSO-driven climate variability at the global scale

T. I. E. Veldkamp et al.

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Freshwater shortage is one of the most important risks, partially driven by climate variability. Here we present a first global scale sensitivity assessment of water scarcity events to El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the most dominant climate variability signal. Given the found correlations, covering a large share of the global land area, and seen the developments of water scarcity impacts under changing socioeconomic conditions, we show that there is large potential for ENSO-based risk reduction.
Freshwater shortage is one of the most important risks, partially driven by climate variability....
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