Application of spatial EOF and multivariate time series model for evaluating agricultural drought vulnerability in Korea

Dae Ha Kim, Chulsang Yoo, Tae Woong Kim

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This study proposed a methodology using the empirical orthogonal function (EOF) and multivariate time series model for the analysis of drought both in time and space. The methodology proposed was then applied to evaluate the vulnerability of agricultural drought of major river basins in Korea. First, the three-month SPI data from 59 rain gauge stations over the Korean Peninsula were analyzed by deriving and spatially characterizing the EOFs. The shapes of major estimated EOFs were found to well reflect the observed spatial pattern of droughts. Second, the coefficient time series of estimated EOFs were then fitted by a multivariate time series model to generate the SPI data for 10,000 years, which were used to derive the annual maxima series of areal average drought severity over the Korean Peninsula. These annual maxima series were then analyzed to determine the mean drought severity for given return periods. Four typical spatial patterns of drought severity could also be selected for those return periods considered. This result shows that the southern part of the Korean Peninsula is most vulnerable to drought than the other parts. Finally, the agricultural drought vulnerability was evaluated by considering the potential water supply from dams. In an ideal case, when all the maximum dam storage was assumed to be assigned to agriculture, all river basins in Korea were found to have the potential to overcome a 30-year drought. However, under more realistic conditions considering average dam storage and water allocation priorities, most of the river basins could not overcome a 30-year drought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-350
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported partly by the IHP Third Year (2005) of Level Six, Ministry of Construction and Transportation and partly by the Korea University Grant. All contributions are gratefully acknowledged.


  • Drought severity
  • EOF analysis
  • Multivariate time series model
  • Return period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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