Globe Drought offers a webinar series on drought, in which several components are explained such as drought impacts, hazard, exposure and vulnerability. The next session will take place on 3 July about “Drought Hazards I: Hydrological Droughts”.
Drought has affected more people worldwide in the last 40 years than any other natural hazard. It is a complex natural phenomenon with varying levels of intensity, duration, spatial extent and impacts. Severe droughts have drastic socio-economic and environmental impacts such as loss of crops, massive famines and migration, natural resource degradation, and weak economic performance. Drought is difficult to forecast and cannot be stopped.
However, its impacts can be mitigated through the adoption of a risk-based management approach aimed at increasing the resilience of communities and societies and their capacity to cope with drought. The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) presents the scientific results of the GRoW project GlobeDrought in cooperation with the other project partners through a series of webinars, online lectures and online courses.
The webinars series are organized to raise global awareness about drought risk reduction and management and stimulate active discussion among GRoW project partners, relevant international organizations, scientists, students, practitioners, policy makers and the public audience. Each webinar lasts around one hour, including a 30 minutes presentation on the topic and a 30 minutes discussion.
The first webinar was held on 26 February 2019 and provided an overview of the objectives of the GlobeDrought project. Since then, several webinars were held: Drought Impacts I: Migration (26 March 2019), Drought Impacts II: Gender/Women (30 April 2019), and Drought Hazards I: Meteorological Droughts (4 June 2019). The next webinar will be on the topic of Drought Hazards I: Hydrological Droughts on 3 July 2019. This webinar will provide an overview of different indicators and tools for characterizing, assessing, and monitoring hydrological droughts, which occur when low water supply becomes evident, especially in streams, reservoirs and groundwater.
More information on the GlobeDrought Webinar Series can be found here.