Articles | Volume 30, issue 2
Research article
15 Jun 2023
Research article |  | 15 Jun 2023

Exploring meteorological droughts' spatial patterns across Europe through complex network theory

Domenico Giaquinto, Warner Marzocchi, and Jürgen Kurths

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Despite being among the most severe climate extremes, it is still challenging to assess droughts’ features for specific regions. In this paper we study meteorological droughts in Europe using concepts derived from climate network theory. By exploring the synchronization in droughts occurrences across the continent we unveil regional clusters which are individually examined to identify droughts’ geographical propagation and source–sink systems, which could potentially support droughts’ forecast.