Articles | Volume 21, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6307–6327, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6307-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6307–6327, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-6307-2017

Research article 13 Dec 2017

Research article | 13 Dec 2017

The 2010–2015 megadrought in central Chile: impacts on regional hydroclimate and vegetation

René D. Garreaud et al.

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This work synthesizes an interdisciplinary research on the megadrought (MD) that has afflicted central Chile since 2010. Although 1- or 2-year droughts are not infrequent in this Mediterranean-like region, the ongoing dry period stands out because of its longevity and large extent, leading to unseen hydrological effects and vegetation impacts. Understanding the nature and biophysical impacts of the MD contributes to confronting a dry, warm future regional climate scenario in subtropical regions.