GlobeDrought aims to develop a web-based information system for comprehensively characterising drought events. The project will produce a spatially explicit description of drought risks by considering three components: drought hazard, exposure and vulnerability. It will investigate how droughts impact water resources, crop productivity, trade in food products and the need for international food aid.

Quantification of the drought risk by integrating the components hazard, vulnerability, and exposition (source: IPCC (2014).
Approach and work plan

  • Analyse past drought events and establish drought risks on a global scale
  • Perform a detailed analysis of drought events and drought risks for selected regions
  • Analyse the impact of droughts on selected regions and on trade flows in food products
  • Develop and test an integrated drought information system
We are going to analyse the development of different types of drought, their impacts and factors that help to buffer hydrological and agricultural systems against drought.