Articles | Volume 22, issue 9
Research article
06 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 06 Sep 2018

The effect of climate type on timescales of drought propagation in an ensemble of global hydrological models

Anouk I. Gevaert, Ted I. E. Veldkamp, and Philip J. Ward

Data sets

GPCC daily precipitation data U. Schneider

Short summary
Drought is a natural hazard that has severe environmental and socioeconomic impacts around the globe. Here, we quantified the time taken for drought to propagate from precipitation droughts to soil moisture and streamflow droughts. Results show that propagation timescales are strongly related to climate type, with fast responses in tropical regions and slow responses in arid regions. Insight into the timescales of drought propagation globally may help improve seasonal drought forecasting.