Relation Between the North-Atlantic Oscillation and Hydroclimatic Conditions in Mediterranean Areas
2011 (English)In: Water Resources Management, Vol. 25, no 5, 1269-1279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mediterranean basins are known for their susceptibility to water stress conditions resulting from a reduction in winter-season precipitation. This region is also prone to the effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), a large-scale climatic pattern associated with a displacement of air mass between the arctic and the subtropical Atlantic. Even though previous studies have demonstrated the impact of the NAO on winter climate conditions in Europe and Northern Africa, it is still unclear to what extent the NAO is related to hydroclimatic patterns in Mediterranean areas and whether it can explain its recent drought history. To this end, this study investigates the interdependence between the NAO and winter precipitation, river flow and temperature in two Mediterranean regions: Southern Italy and Nile Delta (Egypt). The outcomes show the presence of significant connections between the NAO, winter rainfall and river discharge.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 25, no 5, 1269-1279 p.
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219796DOI: 10.1007/s11269-010-9742-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219796DiVA: diva2:703216