Potential evapotranspiration deficit (PED), 1972–2016

Interpolated PED values at 30 regionally representative sites. Soil moisture is vital for plant growth. When plants cannot access the water they need, growth is reduced, affecting crops and food for livestock, and native biodiversity. Over a sustained period, a drought can have significant social and economic costs, particularly for rural communities. Potential evapotranspiration deficit (PED) can be thought of as a drought index. It is the difference between how much water could potentially be lost from the soil through evapotranspiration and how much is actually available. When PED is high, plants do not have the full amount of water available they need for growth. PED is measured in growing seasons (the 12 months from 1 July to 30 June of the following year. Data covers each of the growing seasons from 1 July 1972, with the last growing season in the series ending on 30 June 2016. More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf.

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Author Ministry for the Environment
Maintainer Ministry for the Environment
Maintainer Email Ministry for the Environment
Source https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/89437-potential-evapotranspiration-deficit-ped-19722016/
Source Created 2017-10-13T00:35:58.803473Z
Source Modified 2017-10-18T20:32:46.135964Z
Language English
Source Identifier https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/89437-potential-evapotranspiration-deficit-ped-19722016/
Dataset metadata created 2 February 2020, last updated 1 November 2022