Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Research article
01 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2018

Searching for the optimal drought index and timescale combination to detect drought: a case study from the lower Jinsha River basin, China

Javier Fluixá-Sanmartín, Deng Pan, Luzia Fischer, Boris Orlowsky, Javier García-Hernández, Frédéric Jordan, Christoph Haemmig, Fangwei Zhang, and Jijun Xu


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Short summary
In China, droughts represent a severe threat to socioeconomic development and ecosystems. It is thus necessary to characterize these events in order to reduce and anticipate their impacts. This study proposes an innovative approach for a catchment-wide drought detection and characterization. Two overall drought indicators have been defined and calibrated with real historical events, which have been collected and cataloged.