Priority questions in multidisciplinary drought research

Miroslav Trnka, 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 LjungqvistJürg 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, Zdeněk Žalud, Ulf Büntgen

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-260
Number of pages20
JournalClimate Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • Crop yields
  • Drought adaptation
  • Drought climatology
  • Drought forecasting
  • Drought mitigation
  • Drought monitoring
  • Drought planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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