Climatic Change

, Volume 127, Issue 1, pp 15–25 | Cite as

Analysis of meteorological drought episodes in Paraguay

  • Julián Báez BenitezEmail author
  • Roger Monte Domecq


This paper analyzes the meteorological drought events in Paraguay in the period of 1964 to 2011, using the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI). The objective is to determine if the frequency and/or severity of droughts has increased or decreased in the last years, in response of climate change. They The southernmost parts of the country are affected by severe droughts producing damage to soybean and corn crop during the rainy season (October–March) especially during the summer of 2008–2009. The years of 1967, 1968, 1978, 1979, 2000 and 2008 was identified as severe to extreme drought events and coincides with La Niña event. However, the relationship between all drought events, especially those agricultural droughts and La Niña is not clear, suggesting the necessity of new research, focusing on new drivers to explain the cause of the droughts. The economy of Paraguay, based for good part on agriculture, is clearly vulnerable to droughts. Even though no undeniable increasing trend in drought frequency/severity was detected, contingency plans to diminish drought impacts ought to be elaborated.


Standardize Precipitation Index Drought Event Precipitation Anomaly Drought Index Extreme Drought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Technology, Center of Applied TechnologyCatholic University of AsuncionAsuncionParaguay
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringNational University of AsuncionAsuncionParaguay

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