Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices has just been released
08/08/16 Filed in: Publications
The Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices has just been released by the WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme. The purpose of this handbook is to cover some of the most commonly used drought indicators/indices that are being applied across drought-prone regions, with the goal of advancing monitoring, early warning and information delivery systems in support of risk-based drought management policies and preparedness plans. These concepts and indicators/indices are outlined in what is considered to be a living document that will evolve and integrate new indicators and indices as they come to light and are applied in the future. The handbook is aimed at those who want to generate indicators and indices themselves, as well as for those who simply want to obtain and use products that are generated elsewhere. It is intended for use by general drought practitioners and aims to serve as a starting point, showing which indicators/indices are available and being put into practice around the world. In addition, the handbook has been designed with drought risk management processes in mind. However, this publication does not aim to recommend a ‘best’ set of indicators and indices. The choice of indicators/indices is based on the specific characteristics of droughts most closely associated with the impacts of concern to the stakeholders.
A PDF version of the handbook is available at http://www.droughtmanagement.info/handbook-drought-indicators-and-indices/.
An interactive online version of the Handbook
– a searchable database that includes the option to provide comments and additional resources on the indicators and indices – is available, aiming to make this publication a ‘living document’, which will be updated based on the experience of its readers.
The handbook is currently being translated to Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.