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Meteorological drought index mapping in Bangladesh using Standardized Precipitation Index during 1981-2010


Mondol, MAH and Ara, I and Das, SC, Meteorological drought index mapping in Bangladesh using Standardized Precipitation Index during 1981-2010, Advances in Meteorology, 2017 Article 4642060. ISSN 1687-9309 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2017 Md. Anarul Haque Mondol et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1155/2017/4642060


Natural disasters are a major concern in Bangladesh, particularly drought which is one of the most common disaster in Bangladesh. Drought needs to be explained spatially to understand its spatiotemporal variations in different areas. In this paper, the meteorological drought has been shown by using the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) method and illustrated through the Inverse Distance Weighted (IDW) method across Bangladesh. We used rainfall data of 30 meteorological stations in Bangladesh during the study period of 1981-2010. The results indicate that drought has been fluctuating and it has become a recurrent phenomenon during the study period. The SPI depicted the drought conditions that plunged dramatically in 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, and 1996 and then gradually improved in 2004, 2006, and 2009 in the country. The present study demonstrated that drought occurred in Bangladesh on an average of 2.5 years. Drought was more prominent in the northern, south-western, and eastern regions in Bangladesh compared to the rest of the areas of the country. The outcomes of the present study will help in during disaster management strategies, particularly drought, by initiating effective plans and adaptation remedies in different areas of Bangladesh.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Bangladesh, Meteorological Drought Index, Standardize Precipitation Index, disaster management
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ara, I (Dr Iffat Ara)
ID Code:129121
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-11-09
Last Modified:2018-12-04
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