The table below lists the datasets produced under Task 2: Knowledge base of the Historic Droughts project. 

  • Rainfall and temperatiure data will be included in the Met Office MIDAS database
  • Hydrometeorological data are published and can be dowloaded from the Environmental Information Data Centre (note that you will need an account to download data)
  • References to past droughts will be available to download from the UKDataService and will be added below when they become available

 

DataAvailable
Enhanced historic rainfall: newly digitised monthly and daily raingauge data from 1862To be included within the Met Office MIDAS database
Enhanced historic temperature: newly digitised monthly temperature records back to 1880sTo be included within the Met Office MIDAS database
Enhanced historic rainfall: updated 5km grids including newly digitised monthly and daily raingauge data from 1860To be included within the Met Office MIDAS database
Historic Gridded Standardised Precipitation Index for the United Kingdom 1862-2015 (generated using gamma distribution with standard period 1961-2010) v4

Available for download from the EIDC

Historic Standardised Precipitation Index time series for IHU Hydrometric Areas (1862-2015) v2

Available for download from the EIDC

Historic Standardised Precipitation Index time series for IHU Groups (1862-2015) v2

Available for download from the EIDC 

Historic Gridded Potential Evapotranspiration (PET) based on temperature-based equation McGuinness-Bordne calibrated for the UK (1891-2015)

Available for download from the EIDC 

Historic reconstructions of daily river flow for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015)

Available for download from the EIDC

Historic Standardised Streamflow Index (SSI) using Tweedie distribution with standard period 1961-2010 for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015)

Available for download from the EIDC

Historic reconstructions of monthly groundwater levels for 54 UK boreholes (1891-2015)

Available for download from the EIDC

Historic Standardised Groundwater level Index (SGI) for 54 UK boreholes (1891-2015)

Available for download from the EIDC

Inventory of reservoirs amounting to 90% of total UK storageAvailable for download from the EIDC
Simulated monthly biological indicators for England and Wales 1964-2012Available for download from the EIDC

Historic droughts inventory of references to legal regulation 1976-2012

Available for download from the UKDataService

Historic Droughts inventory of references to past drought in the UK from agricultural media (1975 - 2012)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service

Historic Droughts Inventory of references to past drought in the UK from oral histories and local newspapers (1893 - 2015)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service

Historic Droughts inventory of references to past drought in the UK from 19th Century newspapers (1800 - 1900)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service

Historic Droughts inventory of references to past drought in the UK from 20th Century newspapers (1900 - 2000)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service

Historic Droughts inventory of references to past drought in the UK from contemporary broadsheet newspapers (1990 - 2015)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service

Historic Droughts inventory of references to past drought in the UK from contemporary tabloid newspapers (1990 - 2015)

Coming soon to the UK Data Service