Highlight paper “Drought in the Anthropocene”

“Drought management is inefficient because feedbacks between drought and people are not fully understood. In this human-influenced era, we need to rethink the concept of drought to include the human role in mitigating and enhancing drought.” That is the conclusion of the commentary in Nature Geoscience published on 2 February 2016. In this paper, Anne Van Loon, Sally Rangecroft and their colleagues from 11 institutes around the world call upon drought researchers and managers to include all of drought’s complex, interrelated processes (see Figure) as the natural world and human society become increasingly entangled in the Anthropocene. This paper was featured in a press release by the university and picked up by some international media. The press release can be found here.

Van Loon, A. F., Gleeson, T., Clark, J., Van Dijk, A. I. J. M., Stahl, K., Hannaford, J., Di Baldassarre, G., Teuling, A. J., Tallaksen, L. M., Uijlenhoet, R., Hannah, D. M., Sheffield, J., Svoboda, M., Verbeiren, B., Wagener, T., Rangecroft, S., Wanders, N. and Van Lanen, H. A. J. (2016). Drought in the Anthropocene. Nature Geoscience, 9(2), pp.89-91. doi:10.1038/ngeo2646.