The objective of this research is: to analyse drought and heat and the severity of compound drought and heat over New Orleans and the Netherlands. The study started by doing research to drought and heat trends from the past 1000 years. After that, I will analyse the occurrence and the meteorological characteristics of drought and heat events in more detail for the Netherlands and New Orleans over the past 100 years. Furthermore, this part describes the relation between these two events whether drought and heatwaves are compound events and investigates which socio-economic impacts will occur during and after extreme heat and drought. Moreover, it should be clear at which intensity of drought and heat a certain impact will occur. After that, this study provides predictions how drought and heat events will change in the future in both areas. Besides, the relationship of the discharge of the Rhine river and the Mississippi with drought will be analysed. The final objective of this master thesis is to provide recommendations of which measures can be taken to prevent New Orleans for the risks of extreme drought and heat in the future. Therefore, the following research questions have been made. What are the socio-economic impacts of drought and heat events in the Netherlands and in New Orleans, what are the differences and similarities of the occurrence and impacts of drought and heat between the two areas and what are the tools for drought mitigation?
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