Hydro-Climatological Drought Analyses and Projections Using Meteorological and Hydrological Drought

Investigator(s): Lu Liu, Yang Hong, Mark Shafer, Rachel Riley, James Hocker
Research Dates: 2010 - 2012
Affiliate Organization(s): University of Oklahoma

The goal of this study was to reconstruct historical drought occurrences and assess future drought risk for the drought-prone Blue River Basin in Oklahoma, under a likely changing climate using three types of drought indices: Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and Standardized Runoff Index (SRI). The results showed that the three indices captured the historical droughts for the past 50 years and suggest that more severe droughts of wider extent are very likely to occur over the next 90 years in the Blue River Basin, especially in the later part of the 21st century. In fact, all three indices display lower minimum values than those ever recorded in the past 50 years.

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