Satellite-based assessments on regional summer and winter conditions triggering massive livestock loss (Dzud) in Mongolia
Dzud is a term referring either to conditions when melting snow refreezes to form an icy layer covering the grass, or to unusually heavy snow falls in Eurasian arid and semi-arid regions. Under dzud condition, animals cannot obtain food under snow or ice layer, which sometimes results in a dzud disaster, i.e. massive livestock kills. It has been recognized that the dzud disaster is directly induced by the harsh winter conditions but often influenced by drought in the previous summer. In this study, a data-intensive reanalysis on regional determinants of dzud disaster was conducted for more than ...
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