Comparison of meteorological indices for drought monitoring and evaluating: A case study from euphrates basin, Turkey


Journal of Water and Climate Change, vol.11, no.1S, pp.29-43, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1S
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.2166/wcc.2020.171
  • Journal Name: Journal of Water and Climate Change
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), CAB Abstracts, Compendex, Geobase, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-43
  • Keywords: Drought analysis, Drought assessment, Drought indices, Precipitation, Standardized Precipitation Index
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


© IWA Publishing 2020.Drought incidents occur due to the fact that precipitation values are below average for many years. Drought causes serious effects in many sectors, such as agriculture, economy, health, and energy. Therefore, the determination of drought and water scarcity, monitoring, management, and planning of drought and taking early measures are important issues. In order to solve these issues, the advantages and disadvantages of five different meteorological drought indices were compared, and the most effective drought index was determined for monitoring drought. Accordingly, in the monthly, 3-month, and 12-month time period, covering the years between 1966 and 2017 (52 years), Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), Statistical Z-Score Index (ZSI), Rainfall Anomaly Index (RAI), Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI), and Reconnaissance Drought Index (RDI) were used. It was concluded that precipitation-based SPI and ZSI are similar patterns and precipitation, and temperature-based SPEI and RDI are similar patterns. Also, it has been determined that RAI is more effective than other indices in determining the periods of extreme drought or wet. Furthermore, SPEI and RDI have been found to be superior to other indices as they take into account the water consumption and climate effects caused by evapotranspiration.