Learning from experience: a systematic review of assessments of vulnerability to drought



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González Tánago, Itziar and Urquijo, Julia and Blauhut, Veit and Villarroya Gil, Fermín and De Stefano, Lucia (2016) Learning from experience: a systematic review of assessments of vulnerability to drought. Natural Hazards, 80 (2). pp. 951-973. ISSN ISSN: 0921-030X ; ESSN: 1573-0840

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Official URL: https://www.doi: 10.1007/s11069-015-2006-1


In the last decades, there have been an increasing number of vulnerability studies undertaken in the frameworks of several schools of thought and disciplines. This spur of activity is linked to the growing awareness about the importance of shifting from a crisis-reactive approach to a proactive and preventive risk-management approach to deal with natural disasters. The severity of the impacts that drought provokes worldwide has also contributed to raise awareness about the need to improve its management. In this context, drought vulnerability assessments are the first step in the identification of underlying causes that generate drought impacts. This paper presents a systematic review of past assessments of vulnerability to drought, to enhance the understanding of vulnerability and help orientating future research in this field. Results suggest that there are important geographical and thematic gaps to be filled in the assessment of drought vulnerability. Transparency in the design and validation of results should be improved, while the availability of relevant, reliable, and updated data is still a major constraint at all levels.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Drought , Vulnerability , Assessment , Systematic , Review
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Hidrology
ID Code:51635
Deposited On:27 Feb 2019 07:42
Last Modified:27 Feb 2019 08:28

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