Unfamiliar Territory: Emerging Themes for Ecological Drought Research and Management

Shelley D. Crausbay, Julio Betancourt, JohnBradford, et al.
Created: 12/12/2020 -

Abstract

Novel forms of drought are emerging globally, due to climate change, shifting teleconnection patterns, expanding human water use, and a history of human influence on the environment that increases the probability of transformational ecological impacts. These costly ecological impacts cascade to human communities, and understanding this changing drought landscape is one of today’s grand challenges. By using a modified horizon-scanning approach that integrated scientists, managers, and decision-makers, authors identified the emerging issues in ecological drought that represent key challenges to timely and effective responses. Here the authors review the themes that most urgently need attention, including novel drought conditions, the potential for transformational drought impacts, and the need for anticipatory drought management. This horizon scan and review provides a roadmap to facilitate the research and management innovations that will support forward-looking, co-developed approaches to reduce the risk of drought to our socio-ecological systems during the 21st century.

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Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Assessment
Awareness
Scale
National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Land Use Planning
Research
Other
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Temperature
Culture / communities
Water supply
Other
Habitat/Biome Type
Terrestrial
Region
United States