Articles | Volume 20, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4159–4175, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4159-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4159–4175, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4159-2016

Research article 13 Oct 2016

Research article | 13 Oct 2016

Using an integrated hydrological model to estimate the usefulness of meteorological drought indices in a changing climate

Diane von Gunten et al.

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We compare seven meteorological drought indices that are commonly used to predict future droughts. Our goal is to assess the reliability of these indices to predict hydrological impacts of droughts under changing climatic conditions, using an integrated hydrological model. Drought indices are able to identify the timing of hydrological impacts of droughts in present and future climate. However, these indices can not estimate the severity of hydrological impacts of droughts in future climate.