An appraisal of the severity of the 2022 drought and its impacts

Barker, Lucy J. ORCID:; Hannaford, Jamie ORCID:; Magee, Eugene; Turner, Stephen ORCID:; Sefton, Catherine ORCID:; Parry, Simon; Evans, Jonathan ORCID:; Szczykulska, Magdalena ORCID:; Haxton, Tracey. 2024 An appraisal of the severity of the 2022 drought and its impacts. Weather.

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The summer of 2022 was particularly notable for the prolonged and extensive hot and dry conditions experienced across the UK. The resultant 2022 drought had widespread impacts and prompted much discussion about the continuing vulnerability of the UK to drought, particularly in the context of anthropogenic warming. Here, we briefly describe the evolution of the drought before focusing on the severity of rainfall, river flow, soil moisture and groundwater level deficits from summer 2022, placing the event into a historical context and addressing the impacts of the drought. We also consider whether the 2022 drought is part of a long-term trend towards increasing drought severity.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0043-1656
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 11 Mar 2024 11:05 +0 (UTC)

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