TYPES OF DROUGHT
Wilhite, D.A., 2000. “Drought as a natural hazard: concepts and definitions” in Drought: A Global Assessment, Volume I, D. A. Wilhite (ed.). Routledge, London, pp. 3-18.
WATER SHORTAGE AND ITS IMPACTS
The decreasing of water availability causes direct and indirect damages to ecosystems and anthropic activities
Why a Drought Climate Service
There is a temporal gap between the development of a drought event and the management of the emergencies. Often this gap is too big to effectively reduce drought impacts. Moreover, information is frequently scattered and not optimally integrated to support different users’ needs.
Therefore, to improve readiness we have to invest on proactive solutions able to provide timely and simple information.
Climate Service is not a simple data sharing, but a producer of useful information.
To be effective, the Drought Climate Service has to respond to different priorities and users’ needs, following some main requirements:
- Information continuously updated and timely delivered
- Expandable platform and on-demand services
- Products appropriate to the users’ competences and technical skills
Local, regional, national and international users can ask at any time updated information more useful for their assessments or their further investigations, and even in other geographical areas covered by the available datasets.