Articles | Volume 22, issue 6
Research article
13 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 13 Jun 2018

Regional co-variability of spatial and temporal soil moisture–precipitation coupling in North Africa: an observational perspective

Irina Y. Petrova, Chiel C. van Heerwaarden, Cathy Hohenegger, and Françoise Guichard


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Short summary
In North Africa rain storms can be as vital as they are devastating. The present study uses multi-year satellite data to better understand how and where soil moisture conditions affect development of rainfall in the area. Our results reveal two major regions in the southwest and southeast, where drier soils show higher potential to cause rainfall development. This knowledge is essential for the hydrological sector, and can be further used by models to improve prediction of rainfall and droughts.