Drought, society, and ecosystems (NHESS/BG/GC/HESS inter-journal SI)(NHESS/BG/GC/HESS inter-journal SI)
Drought, society, and ecosystems (NHESS/BG/GC/HESS inter-journal SI)(NHESS/BG/GC/HESS inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): Anne Van Loon, Gemma Coxon, Camila Alvarez-Garreton, Elena Toth, Shreedhar Maskey, Khalid Hassaballah, Floris van Ogtrop, Noemi Vergopolan, Sina Khatami, Mana Gharun, Giulia Vico, and Giuliano Di Baldassarre Special issue jointly organized between Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Biogeosciences, Geoscience Communication, and Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
Drought is a complex phenomenon resulting from interactions between physical and social systems that impacts both societies and ecosystems around the world yearly. Drought risks are systemic and increasing (UNDRR, 2021). In 2019, scientists from African countries urged the world to end the drought in drought research and asked for more support to better identify and prepare for drought disasters (Padma, 2019). Preparing for future drought requires a thorough understanding of the complexities of systemic drought risk and adaptation feedbacks, effective drought risk management, and good communication of the risk and potential adaptation options. In the special issue on Drought, society, and ecosystems, we aim to showcase the diverse interdisciplinary research being done on the interactions between drought, ecosystems, and people (including human-induced climate change and management).

We solicit contributions (commentaries, review articles, original research articles) from different perspectives on this interdisciplinary topic from research scientists of different fields, students, practitioners, and stakeholders. It will be a unique opportunity to further our understanding of drought risk, adaptation, and feedbacks. The co-listing of this special issue under the Copernicus journals Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS), Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), Geoscience Communication (GC), and Biogeosciences (BG) allows for more diversity in perspectives.

Abstracts that fall under one of the following (or related) themes will be considered:

  • drought risk analysis
  • drought impact attribution
  • water security in diverse contexts
  • drought risk management and communication
  • co-creation of drought information services
  • drought in (socio-)ecological systems
  • drought and the food–water–energy–environment nexus
  • influence of human activities on drought hazard
  • socio-hydrology of human–drought interactions
  • drought and vulnerability (in ecological and/or social systems)
  • drought adaptation (in ecological and/or social systems)
  • climate change impacts on drought/water security.

Manuscripts with diverse authorships and with case studies in different geographic regions are especially welcomed. The special issue arises from the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Panta Rhei working group Drought in the Anthropocene and aims to showcase the research done on drought–society–ecosystem interactions during the IAHS Panta Rhei decade (2013–2023). However, unsolicited contributions are also highly encouraged. The guest editors aim for diversity and balance in contributions and authors, encouraging researchers from countries underrepresented in science, women, and minorities to contribute to this special issue.


UNDRR: GAR Special Report on Drought 2021, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, ISBN 9789212320274, 2021.

Padma, T.V.: African nations push UN to improve drought research, Nature, 573, 319-320, https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-02760-9, 2019.

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09 Jul 2024
Distribution, trends and drivers of flash droughts in the United Kingdom
Iván Noguera, Jamie Hannaford, and Maliko Tanguy
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1969,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1969, 2024
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09 Jul 2024
Value of seasonal flow forecasts for enhancing reservoir operation and drought management in South Korea
Yongshin Lee, Andres Peñuela, Francesca Pianosi, and Miguel Angel Rico-Ramirez
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1985,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1985, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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05 Jul 2024
Flash drought characteristics based on three identification methods in the North China Plain, China
Siyao Zhang, Jianzhu Li, Ting Zhang, and Ping Feng
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-185,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-185, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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04 Jul 2024
Earth observation reveals reduced winter wheat growth and the importance of soil water storing capacity during drought
Hanna Sjulgård, Lukas Valentin Graf, Tino Colombi, Juliane Hirte, Thomas Keller, and Helge Aasen
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1872,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1872, 2024
Preprint under review for BG (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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04 Jul 2024
Droughts and Media: when and what do the newspapers talk about the droughts in England?
Inhye Kong, Jan Seibert, and Ross S. Purves
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1844,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1844, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: open, 2 comments)
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05 Jun 2024
Adaptive Behavior of Over a Million Individual Farmers Under Consecutive Droughts: A Large-Scale Agent-Based Modeling Analysis in the Bhima Basin, India
Maurice W. M. L. Kalthof, Jens de Bruijn, Hans de Moel, Heidi Kreibich, and Jeroen C. J. H. Aerts
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1588,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1588, 2024
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27 May 2024
Theoretical Annual Exceedances from Moving Average Drought Indices
James Howard Stagge, Kyungmin Sung, Irenee Munyejuru, and Md Atif Ibne Haidar
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1430,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1430, 2024
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13 May 2024
Can adaptations of crop and soil management prevent yield losses during water scarcity? – A modelling study
Malve Heinz, Maria Eliza Turek, Bettina Schaefli, Andreas Keiser, and Annelie Holzkämper
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1201,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1201, 2024
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08 May 2024
Analyzing past and future droughts that induce clay shrinkage in France using an index based on water budget simulation for trees
Sophie Barthelemy, Bertrand Bonan, Miquel Tomas-Burguera, Gilles Grandjean, Séverine Bernardie, Jean-Philippe Naulin, Patrick Le Moigne, Aaron Boone, and Jean-Christophe Calvet
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1079,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1079, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: open, 1 comment)
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07 May 2024
Spatially explicit assessment of water scarcity and potential mitigating solutions in a large water-limited basin: the Yellow River basin in China
Weibin Zhang, Xining Zhao, Xuerui Gao, Wei Liang, Junyi Li, and Baoqing Zhang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-88,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-88, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 2 comments)
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07 May 2024
Through a Different Lens: Unravelling Perspectives on Women's Roles in Farming and Drought Resilience
Anna Kosovac and Madeline Grupper
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1281,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1281, 2024
Preprint under review for GC (discussion: open, 3 comments)
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06 May 2024
Investigating the global and regional response of drought to idealized deforestation using multiple global climate models
Yan Li, Bo Huang, Chunping Tan, Xia Zhang, Francesco Cherubini, and Henning W. Rust
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1270,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1270, 2024
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18 Apr 2024
Drought Research Exhibits Shifting Priorities, Trends and Geographic Patterns
Roland Baatz, Gohar Ghazaryan, Michael Hagenlocher, Claas Nendel, Andrea Toreti, and Ehsan Eyshi Rezaei
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1069,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1069, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 6 comments)
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04 Apr 2024
From insufficient rainfall to livelihoods: understanding the cascade of drought impacts and policy implications
Louise Cavalcante, David W. Walker, Sarra Kchouk, Germano Ribeiro Neto, Taís Maria Nunes Carvalho, Mariana Madruga de Brito, Wieke Pot, Art Dewulf, and Pieter van Oel
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-650,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-650, 2024
Preprint under review for NHESS (discussion: final response, 3 comments)
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02 Apr 2024
Study on Multi-water Sources Allocation Based on Multi-scenario potential tapping under Extreme Drought: An Example from the Yellow River Water Supply Area in Henan
Fang Wan, Shaoming Peng, Yu Wang, Xiaokang Zheng, Fei Zhang, Weihao Wang, and Xiaohui Shen
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2024-31,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2024-31, 2024
Preprint under review for NHESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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25 Mar 2024
GTDI: a gaming integrated drought index implying hazard causing and bearing impacts changing
Xiaowei Zhao, Tianzeng Yang, Hongbo Zhang, Tian Lan, Chaowei Xue, Tongfang Li, Zhaoxia Ye, Zhifang Yang, and Yurou Zhang
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2024-45,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2024-45, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for NHESS (discussion: final response, 14 comments)
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15 Mar 2024
Ready, set, go! An anticipatory action system against droughts
Gabriela Guimarães Nobre, Jamie Towner, Bernardino Nhantumbo, Célio João da Conceição Marcos Matuele, Isaias Raiva, Massimiliano Pasqui, Sara Quaresima, and Rogério Bonifácio
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-538,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-538, 2024
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08 Mar 2024
Actionable human-water systems modeling under uncertainty
Laura Gil-García, Nazaret M. Montilla-López, Carlos Gutiérrez-Martín, Ángel Sánchez-Daniel, Pablo Saiz-Santiago, Josué M. Polanco-Martínez, Julio Pindado, and C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-61,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2024-61, 2024
Revised manuscript accepted for HESS (discussion: closed, 4 comments)
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26 Feb 2024
Effect of the 2022 summer drought across forest types in Europe
Mana Gharun, Ankit Shekhar, Jingfeng Xiao, Xing Li, and Nina Buchmann
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-423,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-423, 2024
Preprint under review for BG (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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20 Feb 2024
Review article: Drought as a continuum: memory effects in interlinked hydrological, ecological, and social systems
Anne F. Van Loon, Sarra Kchouk, Alessia Matanó, Faranak Tootoonchi, Camila Alvarez-Garreton, Khalid E. A. Hassaballah, Minchao Wu, Marthe L. K. Wens, Anastasiya Shyrokaya, Elena Ridolfi, Riccardo Biella, Viorica Nagavciuc, Marlies H. Barendrecht, Ana Bastos, Louise Cavalcante, Franciska T. de Vries, Margaret Garcia, Johanna Mård, Ileen N. Streefkerk, Claudia Teutschbein, Roshanak Tootoonchi, Ruben Weesie, Valentin Aich, Juan P. Boisier, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Yiheng Du, Mauricio Galleguillos, René Garreaud, Monica Ionita, Sina Khatami, Johanna K. L. Koehler, Charles H. Luce, Shreedhar Maskey, Heidi D. Mendoza, Moses N. Mwangi, Ilias G. Pechlivanidis, Germano G. Ribeiro Neto, Tirthankar Roy, Robert Stefanski, Patricia Trambauer, Elizabeth A. Koebele, Giulia Vico, and Micha Werner
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-421,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-421, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for NHESS (discussion: final response, 7 comments)
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19 Jan 2024
Water and Us: tales and hands-on laboratories to educate about sustainable and nonconflictual water resources management
Francesca Munerol, Francesco Avanzi, Eleonora Panizza, Marco Altamura, Simone Gabellani, Lara Polo, Marina Mantini, Barbara Alessandri, and Luca Ferraris
Geosci. Commun., 7, 1–15, https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-7-1-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-7-1-2024, 2024
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13 Jun 2024
Compound droughts under climate change in Switzerland
Christoph Nathanael von Matt, Regula Muelchi, Lukas Gudmundsson, and Olivia Martius
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1975–2001, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1975-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1975-2024, 2024
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04 Jan 2024
Responses of field-grown maize to different soil types, water regimes, and contrasting vapor pressure deficit
Thuy Huu Nguyen, Thomas Gaiser, Jan Vanderborght, Andrea Schnepf, Felix Bauer, Anja Klotzsche, Lena Lärm, Hubert Hüging, and Frank Ewert
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2967,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2967, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for BG (discussion: final response, 7 comments)
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16 May 2024
Text mining uncovers the unique dynamics of socio-economic impacts of the 2018–2022 multi-year drought in Germany
Jan Sodoge, Christian Kuhlicke, Miguel D. Mahecha, and Mariana Madruga de Brito
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1757–1777, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1757-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1757-2024, 2024
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21 Nov 2023
Mind the Gap: Misalignment Between Drought Monitoring and Community Realities
Sarra Kchouk, Louise Cavalcante, Lieke A. Melsen, David W. Walker, Germano Ribeiro Neto, Rubens Gondim, Wouter J. Smolenaars, and Pieter R. van Oel
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2726,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2726, 2023
Preprint under review for NHESS (discussion: final response, 2 comments)
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11 Jun 2024
The influence of human activities on streamflow reductions during the megadrought in central Chile
Nicolás Álamos, Camila Alvarez-Garreton, Ariel Muñoz, and Álvaro González-Reyes
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2483–2503, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-2483-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-2483-2024, 2024
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23 Oct 2023
Determination of appropriate land use/cover pattern based on the hydroclimatic regime to support regional ecological management in the agro-pastoral ecotone of northwest China
Yuzuo Zhu and Xuefeng Xu
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2287,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2287, 2023
Preprint under review for BG (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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11 Apr 2024
HESS Opinions: The unsustainable use of groundwater conceals a “Day Zero”
Camila Alvarez-Garreton, Juan Pablo Boisier, René Garreaud, Javier González, Roberto Rondanelli, Eugenia Gayó, and Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1605–1616, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1605-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1605-2024, 2024
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25 Mar 2024
Process-based three-layer synergistic optimal-allocation model for complex water resource systems considering reclaimed water
Jing Liu, Yue-Ping Xu, Wei Zhang, Shiwu Wang, and Siwei Chen
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1325–1350, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1325-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1325-2024, 2024
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01 Jul 2024
Brief communication: Lessons learned and experiences gained from building up a global survey on societal resilience to changing droughts
Marina Batalini de Macedo, Marcos Roberto Benso, Karina Simone Sass, Eduardo Mario Mendiondo, Greicelene Jesus da Silva, Pedro Gustavo Câmara da Silva, Elisabeth Shrimpton, Tanaya Sarmah, Da Huo, Michael Jacobson, Abdullah Konak, Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, and Adelaide Cassia Nardocci
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2165–2173, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-2165-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-2165-2024, 2024
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08 May 2024
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Drought and radiation explain fluctuations in Amazon rainforest greenness during the 2015–2016 drought
Yi Y. Liu, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Patrick Meir, and Tim R. McVicar
Biogeosciences, 21, 2273–2295, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-2273-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-21-2273-2024, 2024
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28 Mar 2024
On the timescale of drought indices for monitoring streamflow drought considering catchment hydrological regimes
Oscar M. Baez-Villanueva, Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini, Diego G. Miralles, Hylke E. Beck, Jonatan F. Siegmund, Camila Alvarez-Garreton, Koen Verbist, René Garreaud, Juan Pablo Boisier, and Mauricio Galleguillos
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1415–1439, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1415-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1415-2024, 2024
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30 May 2024
Multisectoral analysis of drought impacts and management responses to the 2008–2015 record drought in the Colorado Basin, Texas
Stephen B. Ferencz, Ning Sun, Sean W. D. Turner, Brian A. Smith, and Jennie S. Rice
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1871–1896, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1871-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1871-2024, 2024
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21 Mar 2024
A new approach for drought index adjustment to clay-shrinkage-induced subsidence over France: advantages of the interactive leaf area index
Sophie Barthelemy, Bertrand Bonan, Jean-Christophe Calvet, Gilles Grandjean, David Moncoulon, Dorothée Kapsambelis, and Séverine Bernardie
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 999–1016, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-999-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-999-2024, 2024
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22 Apr 2024
Unraveling phenological and stomatal responses to flash drought and implications for water and carbon budgets
Nicholas K. Corak, Jason A. Otkin, Trent W. Ford, and Lauren E. L. Lowman
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1827–1851, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1827-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1827-2024, 2024
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27 Mar 2024
Potential for historically unprecedented Australian droughts from natural variability and climate change
Georgina M. Falster, Nicky M. Wright, Nerilie J. Abram, Anna M. Ukkola, and Benjamin J. Henley
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1383–1401, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1383-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1383-2024, 2024
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15 Nov 2023
Drought cascades across multiple systems in Central Asia identified based on the dynamic space–time motion approach
Lu Tian, Markus Disse, and Jingshui Huang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 4115–4133, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-4115-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-4115-2023, 2023
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28 Nov 2023
HESS Opinions: Drought impacts as failed prospects
Germano G. Ribeiro Neto, Sarra Kchouk, Lieke A. Melsen, Louise Cavalcante, David W. Walker, Art Dewulf, Alexandre C. Costa, Eduardo S. P. R. Martins, and Pieter R. van Oel
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 4217–4225, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-4217-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-4217-2023, 2023
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28 Mar 2024
Added value of seasonal hindcasts to create UK hydrological drought storylines
Wilson C. H. Chan, Nigel W. Arnell, Geoff Darch, Katie Facer-Childs, Theodore G. Shepherd, and Maliko Tanguy
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1065–1078, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1065-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-24-1065-2024, 2024
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21 Nov 2023
Review article: Towards improved drought prediction in the Mediterranean region – modeling approaches and future directions
Bouchra Zellou, Nabil El Moçayd, and El Houcine Bergou
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3543–3583, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-3543-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-3543-2023, 2023
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27 Sep 2023
Drought intensity–duration–frequency curves based on deficit in precipitation and streamflow for water resources management
Yonca Cavus, Kerstin Stahl, and Hafzullah Aksoy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 3427–3445, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-3427-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-3427-2023, 2023
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06 Jul 2023
Indicator-to-impact links to help improve agricultural drought preparedness in Thailand
Maliko Tanguy, Michael Eastman, Eugene Magee, Lucy J. Barker, Thomas Chitson, Chaiwat Ekkawatpanit, Daniel Goodwin, Jamie Hannaford, Ian Holman, Liwa Pardthaisong, Simon Parry, Dolores Rey Vicario, and Supattra Visessri
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2419–2441, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-2419-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-2419-2023, 2023
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