Articles | Volume 26, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1755–1777, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1755-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1755–1777, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1755-2022
Research article
06 Apr 2022
Research article | 06 Apr 2022

Storylines of UK drought based on the 2010–2012 event

Wilson C. H. Chan et al.

Data sets

Storylines of UK drought based on the 2010-12 event W. C. H. Chan, T. G. Shepherd, K. Facer-Childs, G. Darch, N. Arnell https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5180494

Gridded estimates of daily and monthly areal rainfall for the United Kingdom (1890-2017) [CEH-GEAR] M. Tanguy, H. Dixon, I. Prosdocimi, D. G. Morris, and V. D. J. Keller https://doi.org/10.5285/ee9ab43d-a4fe-4e73-afd5-cd4fc4c82556

Climate hydrology and ecology research support system meteorology dataset for Great Britain (1961-2017) [CHESS-met] E. L. Robinson, E. M. Blyth, D. B. Clark, E. Comyn-Platt, E., and A. C. Rudd https://doi.org/10.5285/2ab15bf0-ad08-415c-ba64-831168be7293

Historic reconstructions of daily river flow for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015) K. A. Smith, M. Tanguy, J. Hannaford, and C. Prudhomme https://doi.org/10.5285/f710bed1-e564-47bf-b82c-4c2a2fe2810e

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We select the 2010–2012 UK drought and investigate an alternative unfolding of the drought from changes to its attributes. We created storylines of drier preconditions, alternative seasonal contributions, a third dry winter, and climate change. Storylines of the 2010–2012 drought show alternative situations that could have resulted in worse conditions than observed. Event-based storylines exploring plausible situations are used that may lead to high impacts and help stress test existing systems.