Assessment Regarding the Evolution in Time (1980-2014) of Drought on the Basis of Several Computation Indexes: Study Case Timisoara

Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: 10.31924/nrsd.v8i1.001

8 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019

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Teodor Eugen Man

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Andrei Armas

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Robert Beilicci

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Erika Beilicci

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Date Written: April 6, 2018

Abstract

Drought is a major issue that humanity confronts with and due to its vast ramifications it is also most difficult to solve. Being a natural phenomenon it has various manifestations which scholars have categorised into meteorological, agricultural, hydrological, environmental and others, in order to better define and understand this phenomenon. Several drought indices have been proposed by different scholars for measuring it which take rainfall, temperature, sun shining and other features into account. This of course, led to a variety of interpretations which makes the phenomenon even more difficult to size up and quantify its devastating effects on a long term scale. The seven indexes this paper makes use of, for calculating drought are: N. Topor index, De Martonne index, Domuta hydroheliothermal index, Selianinov hydrothermal index, Palfai drought index and Lang rain index. In this paper, the case study conducted for Timisoara in the 1980-2014 period reveals alternating wet and dry periods which do not pose any threat of aridisation or desertification in the near future. However, a constant monitoring is imposed in order for these phenomena not to occur, made by the authorized law enforcement together with specialists from various fields.

Keywords: drought indices, rainfall, temperature, sun shining, climate changes

JEL Classification: A10

Suggested Citation

Man, Teodor Eugen and Armas, Andrei and Beilicci, Robert and Beilicci, Erika, Assessment Regarding the Evolution in Time (1980-2014) of Drought on the Basis of Several Computation Indexes: Study Case Timisoara (April 6, 2018). Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: 10.31924/nrsd.v8i1.001 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3346816

Teodor Eugen Man (Contact Author)

Politehnica University of Timisoara ( email )

Str. Petre Ramneantu, A204
Timisoara, Timis 300596
Romania

Andrei Armas

Politehnica University of Timisoara ( email )

Str. Petre Ramneantu, A204
Timisoara, Timis 300596
Romania

Robert Beilicci

Politehnica University of Timisoara ( email )

Str. Petre Ramneantu, A204
Timisoara, Timis 300596
Romania

Erika Beilicci

Politehnica University of Timisoara ( email )

Str. Petre Ramneantu, A204
Timisoara, Timis 300596
Romania

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