Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1397-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1397-2017
Research article
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08 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 08 Mar 2017

The European 2015 drought from a climatological perspective

Monica Ionita, Lena M. Tallaksen, Daniel G. Kingston, James H. Stagge, Gregor Laaha, Henny A. J. Van Lanen, Patrick Scholz, Silvia M. Chelcea, and Klaus Haslinger

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This paper analyses the European summer drought of 2015 from a climatological perspective, including its origin and spatial and temporal development, and how it compares with the 2003 event. It discusses the main contributing factors controlling the occurrence and persistence of the event: temperature and precipitation anomalies, blocking episodes and sea surface temperatures. The results represent the outcome of a collaborative initiative of members of UNESCO’s FRIEND-Water program.