Special Issue Drought, Society and Ecosystems

Are you a scientist, researcher, student, practitioner, or stakeholder with an interest in the complex phenomenon of drought and its impacts on societies and ecosystems? If so, we have exciting news for you! The IAHS Panta Rhei decade (2013-2023) working group “Drought in the Anthropocene” is advertising special issue titled “Drought, Society and Ecosystems” together with Copernicus journals Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS), Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), Geosciences Communication (GC), and Biogeosciences (BG).

This special issue aims to showcase interdisciplinary research on drought-society-ecosystem interactions. The goal is to advance our understanding of drought risk, adaptation, and feedbacks, which are essential to prepare for future droughts. The guest editors are looking for contributions from different perspectives, including commentaries, review articles, and original research articles.

The special issue initiative originates from the latest Panta Rhei Drought in the Anthropocene workshop in 2022 in Uppsala, Sweden, where 15 collaborative papers were defined. However, unsolicited manuscripts are also highly encouraged. The co-listing of this special issue under the Copernicus journals NHESS, HESS, GC, and BG allows for more diversity in perspectives. We invite contributions on many drought-related topics, including drought risk analysis, detection and attribution of drought impacts, water security in diverse contexts, drought risk management and communication, co-creation of drought information services, drought in (socio-)ecological systems, drought and the food-water-energy-environment nexus, influence of human activities on drought hazard, socio-hydrology of human-drought interactions, drought and vulnerability (in ecological and/or social systems), drought adaptation (in ecological and/or social systems), and climate change impacts on drought / water security.

The guest editors aim for diversity and balance in contributions and authors, encouraging researchers from countries underrepresented in science, women, and minorities to contribute to this special issue. The special issue welcomes manuscripts with diverse authorships and case studies in different geographic regions that address various themes related to drought.

If you have research on drought that you would like to showcase and contribute to our understanding of drought risk, adaptation, and feedbacks, we encourage you to submit your abstracts and manuscripts for this special issue on “Drought, Society and Ecosystems.” Let’s collaborate and create a unique opportunity to advance interdisciplinary research on this pressing global challenge. Let’s end the drought in drought research!

The submission goes via the four journals involved in the special issue:

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

The editorial team

Anne Van Loon (IVM – VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Sina Khatami (Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Melbourne, Australia)

Gemma Coxon (Bristol University, UK)

Camila Alvarez-Garreton (Center for Climate and Resilience Research CR2, Chile)

Elena Toth (University of Bologna, Italy)

Shreedhar Maskey (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands)

Khalid Hassaballah (IGAD Climate Prediction Centre, Kenya)

Floris van Ogtrop (University of Sydney, Australia)

Noemi Vergopolan (Princeton University, NOAA-GFDL, United States)