Special Issue "Drought Monitoring and Prediction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2017).
Interests: drought and vegetation monitoring; remote sensing; agricultural development; food security, and climate change/variability at national and international levels
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Drought is a complex natural hazard that is global in nature and has cross-cutting impacts on many aspects of livelihoods and sectors of society (e.g., agriculture, energy, food security, health, water resources, migration, and resource conflict). Drought impacts are more complex today, as more economic sectors are affected, creating more conflicts between water users (i.e., societal vulnerability is dramatically different and changing).
The recurrent droughts in several parts of the world that are exacerbated by climate change necessitate the need for more effective drought planning and the development and implementation of appropriate mitigation strategies. Enhancing drought monitoring and early warning capacities is essential to drought risk management. For improved and efficient drought monitoring and early warning systems, decision makers and scientists should work together. This will promote the development of systems that are timely, relevant, understandable, affordable, and people-centered. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential to develop the appropriate social and technological capacity to research and implement programs to better understand, monitor, and communicate drought occurrences and their impacts. This includes fostering the ability of national governments and other planning entities to support the development and sustainability of the required infrastructure and scientific, technological, and institutional capacities needed to research, observe, analyze, map, and predict drought vulnerabilities and impacts.
Reliable drought monitoring and prediction play an important role in coping with drought, which requires integrated drought monitoring, prediction and risk assessment in order to track the drought status, provide prediction information, and assess the risk associated with drought impacts. Several researchers are working to provide an improved drought monitoring and prediction tools that could help in reducing the impacts and mitigate the drought vulnerability.
This Special Issue of Geosciences discusses recent advances in drought monitoring and prediction, presenting case studies conducted all over the world. Among the topics to be discussed are:
- New and improved drought indices that could help in identifying, classifying, and communicating drought conditions
- Combined drought indices based on various indicators
- Remote sensing and GIS applications to drought monitoring and prediction
- Seasonal forecast models for drought prediction
- Impact of climate change and variability with a particular emphasis on drought
- Climate projection models for drought risk management and drought mitigation
- Earth observations that include satellite and climate data for efficient drought analysis
- Drought monitoring that includes multiple socio-economic and environmental variables
- Early warning systems and drought risk management
- Drought vulnerability, resilience, and food security
Original research on these topics will be welcome for this Special Issue.
Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Drought monitoring
- Drought prediction
- Early warning system
- Drought indices
- Seasonal forecast
- Climate projection
- Hydro-climate extremes
- Drought analysis
- Satellite data
- Climate data
- Food security
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