Dear Panta Rhei colleagues and drought experts,
Droughts impact socioeconomic and ecological systems worldwide.
Due to the multifaceted characteristics of drought hazards and region- and
sector-specific vulnerabilities, the severity of impacts varies according to
the specific bio-physical and socioeconomic characteristics of the region. In
order to reduce such impacts, implementation of measures to increase resilience
to drought are required, ideally within a drought management framework
incorporating both short and long term adaptation measures. Despite the
lack of locally implemented drought management frameworks, numerous drought
responses mechanisms have been carried out.
To systematically assess and evaluate
the type and frequency of such drought responses, we have designed this online
survey. We expect that based on stakeholder and expert knowledge, the survey
will help synthesise region-specific drought and response characteristics.
Collecting qualitative information from numerous catchments worldwide will
enable us to identify recent trends in drought management, which can be
inputted in comparative studies. Furthermore, we can systematically assess
weaknesses and inconsistencies in drought management which need to be addressed.
Your expertise and experiences from case studies worldwide will be
valuable contributions to this analysis. Therefore we kindly ask you to carefully
fill in this questionnaire and note down where you think that quantitative
information would be available.
Please fill in separate questionnaires for each catchment/region
under study. For larger catchments (>5000 km²) it would be even helpful to
obtain subcatchment level information. The more the better!
This survey is research within the frame of the “Panta Rhei –
Drought in the Anthropocene” working group. As an incentive: all contributors
will be invited to join resultant publication(s) based on the survey.
Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any follow-up
Many thanks to all of you.
Veit Blauhut and Alexandra Nauditt.