Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3631–3650, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3631-2016

Special issue: Panta Rhei: opinions and progress towards hydrology for a...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3631–3650, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3631-2016

Opinion article 08 Sep 2016

Opinion article | 08 Sep 2016

Drought in a human-modified world: reframing drought definitions, understanding, and analysis approaches

Anne F. Van Loon et al.

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In the Anthropocene, drought cannot be viewed as a natural hazard independent of people. Drought can be alleviated or made worse by human activities and drought impacts are dependent on a myriad of factors. In this paper, we identify research gaps and suggest a framework that will allow us to adequately analyse and manage drought in the Anthropocene. We need to focus on attribution of drought to different drivers, linking drought to its impacts, and feedbacks between drought and society.