The rise of atmospheric evaporative demand is increasing flash droughts in Spain during the warm season
Financiación H2020 / H2020 Funds
Resumen: Flash droughts are characterized by rapid development and intensification, generating a new risk for drought impacts on natural and socio-economic systems. In the current climate change scenario, the meteorological drivers involved in triggering flash droughts are uncertain. We analyzed the role of meteorological drivers underlying the development of flash droughts in Spain over the last six decades, evidencing that the effect of atmospheric evaporative demand (AED) on flash drought is mainly restricted to water-limited regions and the warm season. However, the contribution of the AED has increased notably in recent years and particularly in summer (~3.5% per decade), thus becoming a decisive driver in explaining the occurrence of the latest flash droughts in some regions of Spain. Our findings have strong implications for proper understanding of the recent spatiotemporal behavior of flash droughts in Spain and illustrate how this type of event can be related to global warming processes.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1029/2021GL097703
Año: 2022
Publicado en: Geophysical Research Letters 49, 11 (2022), e2021GL097703[12 pp.]
ISSN: 0094-8276

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/776608/EU/Assessment of Cross(X)-sectoral climate Impacts and pathways for Sustainable transformation/AXIS
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MICINN/PID2019-108589RA-I00
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO-FEDER/PCI2019-103631
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)

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