Project properties

Title Linking drought impacts with the forecasted hydrological drought hazard
Group Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Samuel Sutanto, Henny van Lanen
Examiner(s) Remko Uilenhoft
Contact info samuel.sutanto@wur.nl
Begin date 2019/01/01
End date
Description Hydrological drought has longer durations than meteorological drought, which might lead to more severe impacts. Because of this, many countries suffer high losses from hydrological drought, such as high transportation costs, increased energy prices, and reduced crop yields and livestock. To reduce the impacts due to hydrological droughts, the link between hydrological drought forecasts and its impacts must be investigated. Many past studies tried to find the link between meteorological drought and impacts for drought risk studies. Recently a study analyzed if impacts could be predicted using forecasted meteorological drought indices (Master student from HWM). For the proposed study, the student will work on the translation of the forecasted hydrological drought hazard into impacts in a certain region in Europe. He/she will use either forecasted standardized hydrological drought indices (e.g., SRI for runoff and SGI for groundwater) or the threshold method for forecasted drought in discharge. The hydrological data are obtained from the seasonal forecast (ECMWF SEAS with lead time: 7 months) fed into the LISFLOOD water balance model, with a spatial resolution of 5 km and daily to monthly temporal resolution as an input. The drought impact data are obtained from the European Drought Impact Inventory (EDII) database. In this study, a close collaboration with the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Utrecht is foreseen.
Used skills Programming skill i.e., R
Requirements Programming skill.