Articles | Volume 23, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4583–4602, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4583-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4583–4602, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4583-2019
Research article
15 Nov 2019
Research article | 15 Nov 2019

Historic hydrological droughts 1891–2015: systematic characterisation for a diverse set of catchments across the UK

Lucy J. Barker et al.

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It is important to understand historic droughts in order to plan and prepare for possible future events. In this study we use the standardised streamflow index for 1891–2015 to systematically identify, characterise and rank hydrological drought events for 108 near-natural UK catchments. Results show when and where the most severe events occurred and describe events of the early 20th century, providing catchment-scale detail important for both science and planning applications of the future.