Novel Approaches to Assess and Cope with Droughts in Data Scarce Regions


Droughts are causing severe damages worldwide. Drought adaptation strategies, however, require a profound knowledge about the spatial and seasonal distribution of drought risk at local or river basin scale. Therefore, with this session, we intend to highlight innovative data sets and methodologies contributing to a better assessment and management of drought risk – especially in data scarce catchments.
 Droughts are slowly evolving and complex disasters, often poorly understood in the context of their regional climatic, hydrological and human environment. Therefore, we welcome research looking at hazard, vulnerability and exposure, the individual components of drought risk.

This session aims at presenting and discussing concepts, methods and data that can support drought assessment, management and forecasting.

Key Topics and Questions

  • How can we use remote sensing data in catchment-scale drought assessment and management?
  • Which tools and methods are suitable for drought assessment and management in different geographical and data scarce regions?
  • What are the best (and worst) drought assessment and management practices for specific case studies?
  • How can we assess drought impacts for different sectors?
  • How do we evaluate drought vulnerability and exposure?
  • Which drought indices should be incorporated in drought assessment at different scales?

How can we forecast drought and which variables need to be monitored at which scale?


Drought risk, drought monitoring, drought forecasting, drought vulnerability, drought impacts, drought adaptation, remote sensing, hydrological modelling

Hosted by

Alexandra Nauditt

Environmental Scientist
Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln

Lars Ribbe

Dean of Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems
Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln

Christian Birkel

University Costa Rica

Rolando Celleri

Professor, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Cuenca, Ecuador