On this page you can find the publications from the 3DDD project; the most recent are added at the top. Click on each paper to open up the full article. All are published with fully open access.

Title: Drought diagnosis: What the medical sciences can teach us

Journal: Earth’s Future

Published: April 2022

In a sentence: Using 4 very different case studies (Cape Town, California, NE Brazil, Horn of Africa), we explore how drought has been traditionally misdiagnosed and poorly treated then suggest how medical sciences could guide us to doing things better.

Background: The paper is a collaboration between all members of the 3DDD team and a guest author, Noemi Vergopolan, brought in for her knowledge of drought in the USA. The paper draws on our collective multi-disciplinary experience and research of drought around the world, in addition to considering published drought literature from a range of disciplines.

If you don’t have time to read the full paper (yet!), click here: NEW 3DDD PAPER in EARTH’S FUTURE journal:
“Drought diagnosis: what the medical sciences can teach us”

Title: A geography of drought indices: mismatch between indicators of drought and its impacts on water and food securities

Journal: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS)

Published: February 2022

In a sentence: Bibliometric analysis shows scientists overly focus on drought drivers and not enough on impacts, especially with monitoring and early-warning.

Background: The paper is the first output from Sarra Kchouk‘s PhD research. The investigation considered the reasons underlying the scientific reporting of drought drivers and drought impacts. We argue for people-centred drought indices.

If you don’t have time to read the full paper (yet!), click here: Droughts in monitoring systems may be more circumstantial than they appear

Title: Drought Cycle Analysis to Evaluate the Influence of a Dense Network of Small Reservoirs on Drought Evolution

Journal: Water Resources Research

Published: January 2022

In a sentence: While the very high density network of small informal reservoirs in semi-arid Northeast Brazil may locally increase drought resilience, they can induce and prolong hydrological drought at regional scale.

Background: The paper is the first output from Germano Ribeiro Neto‘s PhD research. The study involved remote sensing analysis to quantify small reservoir volumes and a new approach was developed, “Drought Cycle Analysis”, to evaluate drought evolution for different climatic and water storage scenarios.

If you don’t have time to read the full paper (yet!), click here: coming soon…

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