Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 17–35, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-17-2021
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 17–35, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-17-2021

Research article 06 Jan 2021

Research article | 06 Jan 2021

Impact of precipitation and increasing temperatures on drought trends in eastern Africa

Sarah F. Kew et al.

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Motivated by the possible influence of rising temperatures, this study synthesises results from observations and climate models to explore trends (1900–2018) in eastern African (EA) drought measures. However, no discernible trends are found in annual soil moisture or precipitation. Positive trends in potential evaporation indicate that for irrigated regions more water is now required to counteract increased evaporation. Precipitation deficit is, however, the most useful indicator of EA drought.
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