The European Environmental Agency (EEA) recently published an assessment of indicators on meteorological and hydrological droughts in Europe.
The key findings are that:
- Drought is a recurrent feature of the European climate that affects considerable fractions of the European population each year.
- The frequency and severity of meteorological and hydrological droughts have increased in most parts of Europe. Different drought indices agree that the increase is greatest in southern Europe.
- Available studies project further increases in the frequency, duration and severity of meteorological and hydrological droughts for most of Europe during the 21st century, except for parts of central-eastern and north-eastern Europe.
- The greatest increase in drought conditions is projected for southern Europe where it will increase competition between different water users, such as agriculture, industry, tourism and households.
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Source: The European Environmental Agency (EEA)