Drought Hazards II: Hydrological Droughts

Description & Learning objectives

Drought is a complex phenomenon which is difficult to define, measure and quantify. Drought hazard refers to long physical events during which there is less water than normal. Just as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition of drought, there is no single index or indicator that can account for and be applied to all types of droughts, climate regimes, and sectors affected by droughts.

This webinar will examine indicators and models used for characterizing and monitoring hydrological droughts, which are generally defined as occurring when there is less water than normal in rivers or groundwater. Drought in these compartments of the water cycle is directly responsible for restrictions of water supply for households, industry and irrigated agriculture, and it endangers fish and other biota living in rivers.


Date: 3/7/2019
Time: 15:00 to 16:00 (CEST)

The webinar will last around one hour. 30 minutes presentation, 30 minutes Q&A.


Prof. Dr. Petra Döll
(Goethe University Frankfurt)

Petra Döll has been Professor of Hydrology at the Institute of Physical Geography of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, since 2003. Her major research focus is the model-based assessment of global water resources and their use under the impact of global change. In addition, she pursues the development of transdisciplinary research methods in support of a sustainable use of natural resources. Petra Döll has been lead author of the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) as well as of IPCC’s Technical Paper on Climate and Water. Her publications can be found at https://publons.com/researcher/2876153/petra-doll/.

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Drought Hazards II: Hydrological Droughts