WP2: Drought impacts, vulnerabilities, risk reduction and response options: small scale (case studies)

This work package will develop six Case Studies in different geo-climatic regions and at different scales (local, river basin and national) in order to:

  • provide an in-depth understanding of past drought hazards and of the range of pertinent environmental and socio-economic impacts in different contexts
  • evaluate past responses to drought events, and identify best practice examples and pitfalls in alleviating drought impacts and reducing relevant risks
  • assess future drought hazards and potential vulnerabilities of the studied systems, on the basis of climate projections, socio-economic drivers of change, environmental constraints and anticipated impacts of relevant EU policies
  • identify and evaluate, in collaboration with the local Case Study Dialogue Platforms, potential responses for drought risk reduction, in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action
  • assess the applicability of drought monitoring and early warning indicators at different contexts (local, river basin and national), and develop recommendations for their refinement to support decision-making
  • examine the link between local-level research results to the pan-European assessments of drought hazards and vulnerabilities, to reveal whether drought events at local/regional scale, their impacts and root causes are relevant to broader contexts and vice -versa

The main outcome will be a representative and systematic classification of different socio-economic, environmental and management factors that influence vulnerability at different geo-climatic regions of the EU, as well as potential strategies towards long-term drought risk reduction, in light of future projections.


Project objectives

  • Drought as a natural hazard, incl. climate drivers, drought generating processes and occurrences
  • Environmental and socio-economic impacts
  • Vulnerabilities, risks and policy responses, incl. the further development of drought management plans in support of EU and other international policies