CR 75:241-260 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01509

Priority questions in multidisciplinary drought research

Miroslav Trnka1,2,*, Michael Hayes, František Jurečka, Lenka Bartošová, Martha Anderson, Rudolf Brázdil, Jesslyn Brown, Jesus J. Camarero, Pavel Cudlín, Petr Dobrovolný, Josef Eitzinger, Song Feng, Taryn Finnessey, Gregor Gregorič, Petr Havlik, Christopher Hain, Ian Holman, David Johnson, Kurt Christian Kersebaum, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Jürg Luterbacher, Fabio Micale, Claudia Hartl-Meier, Martin Možný, Pavol Nejedlik, Jørgen Eivind Olesen, Margarita Ruiz-Ramos, Reimund P. Rötter, Gabriel Senay, Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano, Mark Svoboda, Andreja Susnik, Tsegaye Tadesse, Adam Vizina, Brian Wardlow, Zdenek Žalud, Ulf Büntgen

1Global Change Research Institute AS CR v.v.i., Bělidla 986/4b, Brno, 603 00, Czech Republic
2Mendel University in Brno, Institute of Agrosystems and Bioclimatology, Zemědělská 1, Brno, 613 00, Czech Republic Full affiliations in Supplement 1 at www.int-res.com/articles/suppl/c075p241_supp.pdf
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ABSTRACT: Addressing timely and relevant questions across a multitude of spatio-temporal scales, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary drought research will likely increase in importance under projected climate change. Given the complexity of the various direct and indirect causes and consequences of a drier world, scientific tasks need to be coordinated efficiently. Drought-related research endeavors ranging from individual projects to global initiatives therefore require prioritization. Here, we present 60 priority questions for optimizing future drought research. This topical catalogue reflects the experience of 65 scholars from 21 countries and almost 20 fields of research in both natural sciences and the humanities. The set of drought-related questions primarily covers drought monitoring, impacts, forecasting, climatology, adaptation, as well as planning and policy. The questions highlight the increasingly important role of remote sensing techniques in drought monitoring, importance of drought forecasting and understanding the relationships between drought parameters and drought impacts, but also challenges of drought adaptation and preparedness policies.


KEY WORDS: Drought Climatology · Climate change · Drought monitoring · Drought forecasting · Drought adaptation · Drought planning · Drought mitigation


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Cite this article as: Trnka M, Hayes M, Jurečka F, Bartošová L and others (2018) Priority questions in multidisciplinary drought research. Clim Res 75:241-260. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01509

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