Articles | Volume 23, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3233–3245, 2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3233–3245, 2019

Research article 08 Aug 2019

Research article | 08 Aug 2019

Understanding the potential of climate teleconnections to project future groundwater drought

William Rust et al.


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (23 Jun 2019) by Louise Slater
AR by William Rust on behalf of the Authors (11 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jul 2019) by Louise Slater
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Jul 2019)
ED: Publish as is (17 Jul 2019) by Louise Slater
Short summary
We show that major groundwater resources in the UK exhibit strong multi-year cycles, accounting for up to 40 % of total groundwater level variability. By comparing these cycles with recorded widespread groundwater droughts over the past 60 years, we provide evidence that climatic systems (such as the North Atlantic Oscillation) ultimately drive drought-risk periods in UK groundwater. The recursive nature of these drought-risk periods may lead to improved preparedness for future droughts.