Drought Characterisation in the Mediterranean

  • G. Tsakiris
  • D. Pangalou
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 26)


Drought identification and characterisation is a complicated task, because drought is a complex natural phenomenon difficult to detect. Several methodologies have been proposed for drought characterisation, based either on the consequences or on specially devised indices. This chapter focuses on the critical presentation of some of the most popular drought indices. Duration and spatial extent of drought are also dimensions that are analysed.


Standardise Precipitation Index Drought Event Drought Index Palmer Drought Severity Index Meteorological Drought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Tsakiris
    • 1
  • D. Pangalou
  1. 1.Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning and Lab. of Reclamation Works and Water Resources Management School of Rural and Surveying EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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