Drought monitoring and early warning in China: a review of research to pave the way for operational systems

Barker, Lucy J. ORCID:; Hannaford, Jamie ORCID:; Ma, Miaomiao. 2020 Drought monitoring and early warning in China: a review of research to pave the way for operational systems [in special issue: Hydrological processes and water security in a changing world] Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 383. 273-279.

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Geographic and socio-economic factors combined make China particularly vulnerable to droughts. Here we review academic literature to assess publication trends on the topics of drought monitoring and early warning in China, exploring the common themes and recent advances presented. Literature searches for the 1970–2017 period were made for a range of search terms relating to drought monitoring. It was found that publications on these topics started to appear sporadically in 1989 and have increased rapidly since the early 2000s, with the rate of publication increasing over the last eight years. The scope of studies varied, often with the spatial scale considered: at the national scale, studies focused on evaluating existing indices, while new indices were developed and tested at the regional scale – relating, in general, to monitoring agricultural and meteorological droughts. At the catchment scale, novel monitoring techniques were developed, often incorporating other data types such as modelled data or soil moisture measurements. National scale operational drought monitoring in China is currently being improved and updated. However, although operational systems are discussed in the literature, there is a still a disconnect between theory and practice with the most recent advances not yet operationalised. Here, we identify the methods and approaches which can be translated from the experimental case study scale to the national operational scale.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2199-8981
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NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 17 Sep 2020 10:59 +0 (UTC)

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