Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 176, Issue 2, pp 925–935 | Cite as

Drought Assessment in the Sardinia Region (Italy) During 1922–2011 Using the Standardized Precipitation Index

  • T. CaloieroEmail author
  • S. Veltri


In this article, the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), at both the short- and long-time scale, has been evaluated to analyse drought in the Sardinia region (Italy). In fact, while the short-time scale SPI describes droughts that affect plant life and farming, the long-time scale SPI influences the way water supplies/reserves are managed. Initially, with the aim to detect the most important drought episodes that affected the region each month, the percentage of rain gauges showing severe or extreme drought values was evaluated. Then, in order to evaluate the temporal evolution of the SPI values, a trend analysis was performed. Results evidenced that, at the short-time scale, the observation period was characterized by several dry episodes while, at the long-time scale, the majority of the drought events were detected after 1980. Moreover, marked negative trends of the SPI values in winter, in the wet season and at the annual scale were detected.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean (CNR-ISAFOM)RendeItaly
  2. 2.PaolaItaly

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