Water Resources Management

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 145–164

Trend Analysis of Streamflow Drought Events in Nebraska

  • Hong Wu
  • Leen-Kiat Soh
  • Ashok Samal
  • Xun-Hong Chen
Article

Abstract

A streamflow drought event, defined by applying the threshold level approach on streamflow time series, is composed of three parameters: duration, severity and magnitude. This study reveals statistical characteristics on streamflow drought event parameters and detects spatial and temporal trends in the streamflow drought in terms of frequency, duration and severity in Nebraska. The studies are conducted on three time periods: 1970–2001 (60 stations), 1950–2001 (43 stations), and 1932–2001 (9 stations). The statistical tests performed on the drought event parameters include correlation between event parameters tests, Hurst coefficients and lag-one coefficients, and trend-free pre-whitening Mann–Kendall (TFPW-MK) tests. The analysis shows that there is no uniform trend on the streamflow drought in the whole state. However, some trends are evident for specific regions. Specifically, it is most likely that droughts in the Republican watershed have become more intense; whereas the drought has become slightly alleviated in the Missouri and nearby watersheds.

Key words

drought statistics surface water time series analysis trend Nebraska 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hong Wu
    • 1
  • Leen-Kiat Soh
    • 2
  • Ashok Samal
    • 2
  • Xun-Hong Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Texas Institute for Applied Environmental ResearchTarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  3. 3.School of Natural ResourcesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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