European Russia Drought Atlas

"Schubert" Drought Years (1875, 1891, 1892, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1920, 1921, and 1924)
June-August PDSI

Welcome to the European Russia Drought Atlas.  This web application provides access to summer (June-August) reconstructions of the self-calibrating Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) on a 0.5° latitude/longitude grid centered from the East European Plain to the Ural Mountains from AD 1400-2016.  The reconstructions are derived from 697 tree-ring chronologies.  For further details on the reconstructions, see Cook et al. (2020, link below).

Maps and time series can be created using tools under the "Maps" and "Time Series" menus, respectively.  For details on how to create maps and time series, see the "Help" menu.  An animation that runs through each year of the reconstruction from AD 1400-2016 is available via the link below.

Questions, comments, or suggestions may be sent to Dorian J. Burnette.


  • Dataset:  Cook, E.R., O. Solomina, V. Matskovsky, B.I. Cook, L. Agafonov, A. Berdnikova, E. Dolgova, A. Karpukhin, N. Knysh, M. Kulakova, V. Kuznetsova, T. Kyncl, J. Kyncl, O. Maximova, I. Panyushkina, A. Seim, D. Tishin, T. Wazny, and M. Yermokhin, 2020:  The European Russia Drought Atlas (1400–2016 CE).  Climate Dynamics, 54, 2317-2335. [Download pdf]
  • Web App:  Burnette, D.J., 2021:  The Tree-Ring Drought Atlas Portal: gridded drought reconstructions for the past 500-2000 years.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102, 953-956. [Download pdf]

The entire dataset can be downloaded from NOAA Paleoclimatology.

Scheduled Downtime:  This server may be down for maintenance on Saturday following the 2nd Tuesday of the month and any Sunday from 12-8 a.m. Central Time (0600-1400 UTC or 0500-1300 UTC when the U.S. is on standard and daylight savings time, respectively).