Articles | Volume 25, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 511–526, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-511-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 511–526, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-511-2021

Research article 02 Feb 2021

Research article | 02 Feb 2021

Estimation of hydrological drought recovery based on precipitation and Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) water storage deficit

Alka Singh et al.

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The study demonstrates the utility of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) terrestrial water storage anomalies (TWSAs) for obtaining statistics of hydrological droughts, i.e., recovery periods and required precipitation in different precipitation scenarios. The findings of this study are that the GRACE-based drought index is valid for estimating the required precipitation for drought recovery, and the period of drought recovery depends on the intensity of the precipitation.