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Drought Assessment Dataset over Sindh Province, Pakistan (1951–2010)

Shahzada ADNAN1,2Kalim ULLAH1GAO Shouting3,4
1Department of Meteorology,COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT),Islamabad-44000,Pakistan2National Drought Monitoring Centre,Pakistan Meteorological Department,Islamabad-44000,Pakistan3Institute of Atmospheric Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100029,China4State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather,Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences,Beijing 100081,China


Published:Jun. 2016

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Key Words:

climatology,drought,standardized precipitation index (SPI),Sindh,Journal of Meteorological Research


Using observational, gridded precipitation data (0.5 ◦ x0.5 ◦) from the Global Precipitation Climatological Center and soil moisture data from the Climate Prediction Center for the 60-yr period 1951–2010, the standardized precipitation index (SPI) based on a fitted Gamma distribution and Run method has been calculated from the regional drought identification model (ReDIM) for 3, 6, 9, 12, and 24 months and the Drought Assessment Dataset over Sindh Province, Pakistan (1951–2010) was developed. The dataset is consisted of two parts, one is the spatial data, including the 23 district boundaries of the Sindh Province; drought frequency of the standardized precipitation index (SPI) during 3, 6, 9, 12, and 24 months; and drought hazard data showing the vulnerability index for each district of Sindh. The other one is the attribute table data, including: Table 1 Temporal relationship between the GPCC data and station data in Sindh (a) during the monsoon season (July–September) and (b) annually between 1951 and 2010; Table 2: Table 2 Percentage of monsoon rainfall in the 23 districts of Sindh between 1951 and 2010; Table 3: Temporal comparison among 12-month SPI and percentage departure of soil moisture and rainfall in Sindh Province during 1951–2010; Table 4 Time series data among (a) 50% quantile frequency, (b) mean area deficit (%), and (c) 12-SPI of Sindh during 1951–2010; Table 6 Correlation coefficient of annual rainfall between the base station Shaheed Benazirabad and other stations in the 23 districts of Sindh Province during 1951-2010. The dataset is archived in the .kmz , .shp and .xlsx formats with the compressed data size of 4.29MB. The research paper based on the dataset was published the Journal of Meteorological Research, No. 5, Vol. 29, 2015.

Foundation Item:

National Natural Science Foundation of China (91437215, 41375052) ,Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2012CB417201)

Data Citation:

Shahzada ADNAN,Kalim ULLAH,GAO Shouting.2016.Drought Assessment Dataset over Sindh Province, Pakistan (1951–2010) ( DroughtAssessmentSindhPakistan_1951-2010 ) ,Global Change Research Data Publishing & Repository,DOI:10.3974/geodb.2016.03.14.V1

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