Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2019, 67, 925-938
Published online 2019-08-26

Repository of Drought Event Impacts Across the Danube Catchment Countries Between 1981 and 2016 Using Publicly Available Sources

Jiří Jakubínský1, Monika Bláhová1, Lenka Bartošová1, Klára Steinerová1, Jan Balek1, Petra Dížková1, Daniela Semerádová1, Daniel Alexandru2, Galia Bardarska3, Sabina Bokal4, Goran Borojević5, Andreea Bucur6, Ksenija Cindrić Kalin7, Anda Claudia Barbu2, Barbara Debre8, Milica Đorđević5, Ines Đurić5, Bianca Florina Mircea2, Sandra Gatarić5, Gregor Gregorič9, Stefan Hasenauer8, Mirjana Ivanov10, Andrea Kircsi11, Lívia Labudová12, Maroš Turňa12, Ivana Marinović7, Mihajlo Marković5, Elena Mateescu2, Gal Oblišar9, Andreea Popescu2, Zorica Srđević13, Tatjana Savić‑Šljivić14, Dejan Supić5, Andreja Sušnik9, Natasa Pazin10, Miras Drljevic10, Tonka Kuc10, Luka Mitrovic10, Slavica Micev10, Wolfgang Wagner1,6, Josef Eitzinger15, Vojko Daneu1,15, Veit Blauhut16, Kerstin Stahl16, Miroslav Trnka1

1Global Change Research Institute CAS, Bělidla 986/4a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2National Meteorological Administration of Romania, Sos. București‑Ploiești nr.97, Sector 1, 013686 Bucharest, Romania
3Association „Global Water Partnership‑Bulgaria“, 14 Hristo Belchev Str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
4GWP CEE Regional Secretariat, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Jeseniova 17, 833 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
5University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Agriculture, Institute for the Agroecology and Soil Sciences, Bulevar Vojvode Petra Bojovica 1A, Banja Luka, 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Technische Universität Wien, Gußhausstrasse 27‑29/E120‑01‑1 (CB0322), 1040 Vienna, Austria
7Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Grič 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
8EODC Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH, Franz‑Grill‑Strasse 9, 1030 Vienna, Austria
9Slovenian Environment Agency, Vojkova 1b, SI‑1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
10Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, IV proleterske 19. 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
11Hungarian Meteorological Service, H‑1024 Budapest, Kitaibel Pál u. 1., Budapest, Hungary
12Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Jeséniova 17, 833 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
13University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Trg D. Obradovica 8, 21000 Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
14Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia, Kneza Višeslava 66, 110 00 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
15Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 Wien, Austria
16Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Fahnenbergplatz, D‑79098 Freiburg, Germany

Received April 1, 2019
Accepted June 20, 2019

Drought directly and indirectly affects human society in a number of ways. In many regions of the world climate change will exasperate the effects of droughts, affect national economies more intensely. The main aim of this article was to catalogue and analyze the drought impacts in the 11 Central and South Eastern European states located in the Danube river basin. The identification of dry episodes was based on information from publicly available sources, namely, newspaper and journal articles that reported drought impacts. Information on drought impact occurrences was classified into one of five defined categories in which the drought impact report was most clearly manifested (i.e., agriculture, forestry, soil systems, wildfires and hydrology). In terms of the spatial distribution of drought impacts, individual recorded events were analyzed at the level of EU NUTS regions (or their equivalent in non‑EU countries). The analysis highlights country‑specific vulnerability to drought. Furthermore, gradual increases in drought events and the number of reported impacts were identified, which was particularly evident in the agricultural sector.


This article was supported by the Danube Transnational Programme, project DriDanube ‑ Drought Risk in the Danube Region, and by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of CR within the National Sustainability Program I (NPU I), grant number LO1415.


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