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 (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Gemma Coxon (University of Bristol, United Kingdom), Camila Alvarez-Garreton (Austral University of Chile, Chile), Elena Toth (University of Bologna, Italy), Shreedhar Maskey (IHE Delft, Netherlands), Khalid Hassaballah (IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center, Kenya), Floris van Ogtrop (University of Sydney, Australia), Noemi Vergopolan (Princeton University, United States of America), Sina Khatami (Uppsala University, Sweden), and Sam Illingworth (Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom) 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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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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15 Sep 2023
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. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-160,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-160, 2023
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
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13 Sep 2023
Brief communication: lessons learnt and experienced gained from building up a global survey on societal resilience to droughts
Marina Batalini de Macedo, Marcos Roberto Benso, Karina Simone Sass, Adelaide Cassia Nardocci, Eduardo Mario Mendiondo, Greicelene Jesus da Silva, Pedro Gustavo Câmara da Silva, Abdullah Konak, Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, and Michael Jacobson
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2042,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2042, 2023
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07 Sep 2023
Drought and radiation explain swings 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 Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2023-155,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2023-155, 2023
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24 Aug 2023
On the time scale of meteorological, soil moisture, and snow drought indices to assess streamflow drought over catchments with different hydrological regime: a case study using a hundred Chilean catchments
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
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1911,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1911, 2023
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23 Aug 2023
Multisectoral analysis of drought impacts and management responses to the 2008–2015 record drought in the Colorado Basin, Texas: A blueprint for regional multisectoral drought impact assessment
Stephen B. Ferencz, Ning Sun, Sean Turner, Brian A. Smith, and Jennie S. Rice
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-149,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-149, 2023
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18 Aug 2023
Agronomic and edaphic drought relations. A semiarid rangeland case
Juan J. Martin-Sotoca, Ernesto Sanz, Antonio Saa-Requejo, Rubén Moratiel, Andrés F. Almeida-Ñauñay, and Ana M. Tarquis
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-145,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-145, 2023
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27 Jul 2023
A new drought index fitted to clay shrinkage induced subsidence over France: benefits of interactive leaf area index
Sophie Barthélémy, Bertrand Bonan, Jean-Christophe Calvet, Gilles Grandjean, David Moncoulon, Dorothée Kapsambelis, and Séverine Bernardie
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1366,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1366, 2023
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11 Jul 2023
Unraveling phenological responses to extreme 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. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-146,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-146, 2023
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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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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04 Jul 2023
Emerging anthropogenic influence on Australian multi-year droughts with potential for historically unprecedented megadroughts
Georgina M. Falster, Nicky M. Wright, Nerilie J. Abram, Anna M. Ukkola, and Benjamin J. Henley
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1398,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1398, 2023
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 2 comments)
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14 Jun 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. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-140,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-140, 2023
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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08 Jun 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. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-136,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-136, 2023
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 6 comments)
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11 May 2023
Review article: Towards Improved Drought Prediction in the Mediterranean Region – Modelling Approaches and Future Directions
Bouchra Zellou, Nabil El Moçayd, and EL Houcine Bergou
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-63,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-63, 2023
Revised manuscript accepted for NHESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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11 May 2023
Added value of seasonal hindcasts for UK hydrological drought outlook
Wilson C. H. Chan, Nigel W. Arnell, Geoff Darch, Katie Facer-Childs, Theodore G. Shepherd, and Maliko Tanguy
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-74,https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2023-74, 2023
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