A growing water demand for food, energy and domestic water supply is often accompanied by increasing drought frequency and duration in many regions worldwide. Droughts are slowly evolving and complex disasters which are often poorly understood in the context of their regional climatic, hydrological and human environment. Hence the individual components leading to increased drought risk (hazard + vulnerability = risk) need to be assessed by quantifying triggers such as climate, catchment related drought propagation and human activities as well as past drought impacts on different sectors. To achieve this, we need to select site appropriate methods, information sources and tools.
For establishing short and long term drought management strategies we depend on a profound understanding about site specific drought risks and need to derive suitable indicators to be monitored at an adequate resolution both spatially and temporally.
This session aims at presenting and discussing concepts, instruments and data which can support drought management in data scarce regions. To structure the content of the numerous contributions, we devided the session theme into three subtopics:
The drought session covers three major topics which will be discussed during poster presentations (How to create a research poster-Guidelines):
- Drought hazard related data and their utilization across the scales
- Assessment of drought impacts and vulnerability
- Drought risk Management
During three poster sessions we will address guiding questions to be discussed for each case study/poster.
From 17:30 onwards, our findings will be synthesized in a Podium discussion with drought experts (e.g. Justin Sheffield and Koen Verbist)