Objective:

Develop methods to support decision-making for future drought planning and management

Why:

To enable more effective and timely management interventions as droughts develop and as they end as interventions will be based on commonly agreed principles and evidence.

How:

Translate the new understanding of the drivers, impacts and system interactions of historic droughts into new drought management guidance by understanding how socio-economic context and water resource management practices contribute to drought and water scarcity vulnerability or resilience.

  • Can we learn which management and regulatory strategies limit the impact of a given drought and water scarcity episode?
  • Are there system interactions that can be exploited to be better inform drought planning, management and regulatory reform?
  • What are the most effective forms of communication between the public and water resources managers that could enable the best outcomes in future drought and water scarcity episodes?

Output:

Guidance for improved drought management