Articles | Volume 20, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3393–3410, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3393-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3393–3410, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3393-2016

Research article 23 Aug 2016

Research article | 23 Aug 2016

Recent changes and drivers of the atmospheric evaporative demand in the Canary Islands

Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano et al.

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In this work we analyse the recent evolution and meteorological drivers of the atmospheric evaporative demand in the Canary Islands. We found that the reference evapotranspiration increased by 18.2 mm decade−1 – on average – between 1961 and 2013, with the highest increase recorded during summer. This increase was mainly driven by changes in the aerodynamic component, caused by a statistically significant reduction of the relative humidity.