Objective:

Develop a systems-based understanding of drought, by drawing on the conceptual framework and Drought Inventory

Why:

To understand the interactions between social and environmental systems during drought and water scarcity events

How:

By applying the Conceptual Framework (developed in Task 1) to major drought events described in the Drought Inventory (developed in Task 3) to identify:

  • Key interactions, the importance of interactions and their feedbacks in each event
  • How interactions have changed over time
  • How interactions have been influenced by events, society or the decision making processes

Output:

Common/significant system interactions during drought episodes, triggers and thresholds in drought histories and a description of the reasons behind changes in drought system dynamics over time