2015-Amin Asadi Zarch

Project description

2012 – 2015

Amin came from Iran and was supervised by me and Sivakumar Bellie with an interest in droughts. He completed an excellent PhD with 2 published papers that are getting cited quickly, and two more in the pipeline that should be submitted any day.

Papers were:

  • Asadi Zarch, M. A., B. Sivakumar, and A. Sharma (2015), Droughts in a warming climate: A global assessment of Standardized precipitation index (SPI) and Reconnaissance drought index (RDI), Journal of Hydrology, 526, 183-195, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.071. - this one is the first in the world to show that SPI has a severe bias when projecting droughts well into the future, as droughts then are a function of temperature/PET increase too!
  • Asadi Zarch, M. A., B. Sivakumar, and A. Sharma (2015), Assessment of global aridity change, Journal of Hydrology, 520, 300-313, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.11.033. - this one is an assessment of the changes to aridity classifications around the world.