Wide range of drought-related issues
Drought is defined as a shortage of water of satisfactory quality in the soil and the water system. The impact increases as the drought persists. Potential consequences include:
- accelerated soil subsidence, foundation damage, and other damage to structures due to falling groundwater levels;
- drying up of nature reserves and loss of crops due to lack of precipitation and falling groundwater levels;
- limitations for the shipping sector;
- issues related to water quality (salinisation, blue-green algae infestations) and water quantity.