Title: JRC Experience on the Development of Drought Information Systems
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC68769
ISBN: 978-92-79-23202-2 (print), 978-92-79-23203-9 (PDF)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print), 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 25235 EN
OPOCE LB-NA-25235-EN-C (print), LB-NA-25235-EN-N (PDF)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC68769
DOI: 10.2788/15724
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: From the definition of drought to its monitoring and assessment, this report summarizes the main steps towards an integrated drought information system. Europe, Africa and Latin America are examples, based on the experience of the JRC, that illustrate the challenges for establishing continental drought observatory initiatives. The document is structured in the following way: first an introduction explains what drought is and gives some examples of its impact in society; secondly the framework for establishing a drought monitoring system is described giving examples on the European Drought Observatory and on on-going activities in Africa and Latin America; thirdly the fundamental data and information for measuring drought is described; finally the setting up of an Integrated Drought Information System is discussed and two recent case studies, on Europe and on the Horn of Africa, are presented to illustrate the concept.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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