Effective drought management rests on three pillars: monitoring and early warning; vulnerability and impact assessment; and mitigation, preparedness, and response. (Funk and Shukla 2020)
Funk, Chris, and Shraddhanand Shukla. 2020. “Tools of the Trade 3—Mapping Exposure and Vulnerability.” In Drought Early Warning and Forecasting, 83–99. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-814011-6.00006-3.
Space technologies for drought monitoring and management
The impacts of climate change are ever more apparent. The frequency and scale of devastation and destruction of weather hazards are on an increasing trend. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC, 2021) climate change is intensifying the water cycle. This will cause more intense droughts in many regions. Moreover, water-related extremes impact the quality of life disproportionately strong. Drought accounts for 25% of all losses from weather-related disasters in the United States of America (Hayes et al., 2012).
Spatial droughts and floods: understanding, modelling, and prediction
"Spatial droughts and floods: understanding, modelling, and prediction" is part of The Topical Webinar Series hosted by the Core Modelling and Forecasting Team of the Global Water Futures program is a weekly event from May to August. In contrast to thematic webinars, this series highlights science advances from across the globe and aims to spur critical discussions that will improve our understanding and capability in modelling and managing cold-region hydrology.
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Alpine Drought Observatory
Droughts are becoming an increasing concern in the Alps and in the lowland areas that receive Alpine water. The Alpine Drought Observatory (ADO) provides a tool for a quick and easy overview of the current drought situation in the Alpine region and past drought situations in the last 6 months as maps and the last 40 years as timeseries.