Articles | Volume 26, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1527–1543, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1527-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1527–1543, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1527-2022
Research article
 | Highlight paper
22 Mar 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 22 Mar 2022

Evaporation enhancement drives the European water-budget deficit during multi-year droughts

Christian Massari et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-230', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Jun 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Christian Massari, 17 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-230', Anonymous Referee #2, 06 Sep 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Christian Massari, 15 Sep 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (27 Sep 2021) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
AR by Christian Massari on behalf of the Authors (05 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (21 Nov 2021) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (15 Dec 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Dec 2021)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (06 Jan 2022) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
AR by Christian Massari on behalf of the Authors (14 Jan 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Jan 2022) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
ED: Publish as is (27 Jan 2022) by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling
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Short summary
Droughts are a creeping disaster, meaning that their onset, duration and recovery are challenging to monitor and forecast. Here, we provide further evidence of an additional challenge of droughts, i.e. the fact that the deficit in water supply during droughts is generally much more than expected based on the observed decline in precipitation. At a European scale we explain this with enhanced evapotranspiration, sustained by higher atmospheric demand for moisture during such dry periods.