Articles | Volume 26, issue 19
Research article
 | Highlight paper
12 Oct 2022
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 12 Oct 2022

High-resolution drought simulations and comparison to soil moisture observations in Germany

Friedrich Boeing, Oldrich Rakovec, Rohini Kumar, Luis Samaniego, Martin Schrön, Anke Hildebrandt, Corinna Rebmann, Stephan Thober, Sebastian Müller, Steffen Zacharias, Heye Bogena, Katrin Schneider, Ralf Kiese, Sabine Attinger, and Andreas Marx

Data sets

[GDM] HESS publication deseasonalized soil moisture data F. Boeing

[GDM] HESS publication SMI based drought characteristics, GDM-v1-2016 and GDM-v2-2021 setups F. Boeing

Model code and software

The mesoscale Hydrological Model mHM

Executive editor
This is highly relevant research on a topic that has great socio-economic impact. The research uses state-of-the-art observational networks and drought simulation, which could inspire similar efforts in other European countries.
Short summary
In this paper, we deliver an evaluation of the second generation operational German drought monitor ( with a state-of-the-art compilation of observed soil moisture data from 40 locations and four different measurement methods in Germany. We show that the expressed stakeholder needs for higher resolution drought information at the one-kilometer scale can be met and that the agreement of simulated and observed soil moisture dynamics can be moderately improved.