Understanding and Assessing ​Risk of Drought Impacts

Description & Learning objectives

After learning about impacts of droughts, different types of drought hazards, and ways to detect and monitor them, this webinar introduces the concept of drought risk and shows why it is important and how to assess risk. After a theoretical explanation, the topic is illustrated by two examples drawing on the work of the speakers. Drawing on those examples, and a systematic review of existing drought risk assessments, the webinar will also provide insights on progress that has been made as well as persisting challenges in understanding and assessing drought risk, and give an outlook on potential ways forward.


Date: 28/04/2020
Time: 13:00 to 14:00 (CEST)

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


Michael Hagenlocher (United Nations University)

Dr. Michael Hagenlocher is an Associate Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) and the Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services (EVES) sections of UNU-EHS. From April to December 2019, he acted as the ad-interim co-chair of the VARMAP section.

In 2020, Michael was appointed lead author for the upcoming UNDRR Global Assessment Report (GAR) Special Report on Droughts (GAR SR Drought).

Isabel Meza (United Nations University)

Isabel Meza holds a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, and a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management and Development by the University of Applied Sciences TH Köln in Germany, both with focus on drought risk management. Also, she had a specialization in Environmental Science, Management and Development and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences and Risk Management from the University of Colima in Mexico.

Veit Blauhut (University of Freiburg)

Dr. Veit Blauhut is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the chair of Environmental and Hydrological Systems at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His work is dedicated to Drought Risk Analysis across from international to local scale across all affected disciplines.

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