Current Drought Extent in Canada

The Areas of Drought dataset has been created to define and depict the severity, spatial extent, and impacts of drought within Canada except for Nunavut and the Arctic Archipelago. Drought classes in the CDM range from D0 to D4, with D0 indicating abnormally dry conditions, and D1 to D4 indicating moderate to exceptional drought. Each category is based on the percentile chance of those conditions occurring.

The drought areas are classified as follows:

D0 (Abnormally Dry) – represents an event that occurs once every 3-5 years;

D1 (Moderate Drought) – represents an event that occurs every 5-10 years;

D2 (Severe Drought) – represents an event that occurs every 10-20 years;

D3 (Extreme Drought) – represents an event that occurs every 20-25 years; and

D4 (Exceptional Drought) – represents an event that occurs every 50 years.

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Last Updated July 22, 2019, 06:39 (CDT)
Created July 20, 2019, 19:17 (CDT)