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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 753–769, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-753-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 753–769, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-753-2020

Data description paper 31 Mar 2020

Data description paper | 31 Mar 2020

A pan-African high-resolution drought index dataset

Jian Peng et al.

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Africa has been severely influenced by intense drought events, which has led to crop failure, food shortages, famine, epidemics and even mass migration. The current study developed a high spatial resolution drought dataset entirely from satellite-based products. The dataset has been comprehensively inter-compared with other drought indicators and may contribute to an improved characterization of drought risk and vulnerability and minimize drought's impact on water and food security in Africa.