Assess changes in the modelled impacts for the 21st century and resulting changes in risk of passing a vulnerability threshold at the pan-european scale in co-operation with the pan-european dialogue forum to identify drought sensitive sectors, incl.
Assess the drought hazard at the pan-european scale in the 21st century (future climate) and identify drought sensitive regions through combining improved knowledge on past events and related long-term climate variability with projected future changes, incl.
Science-policy interfacing, (i) to identify and evaluate, in close collaboration with the case study fora, potential responses for drought risk mitigation, taking into account the drought hazard, its impacts, vulnerabilities and desired development goals, strategies and relevant trade-offs, and (ii) to recognize and assess, in close dialogue with a pan-european forum through an iteration process with feedback loops, how eu and other international policies affect potential responses at the small scale (case studies).
The phases for this process were: (1) literature review about the topic, (2) development of a preliminary standard, (3) expert interviews for the evaluation of this preliminary standard, (4) construction of a standard to evaluate the issue of adaptation to climate variability emphasizing drought through contributions from experts and their preliminary evaluations, (5) applicability test of this standard for the evaluation of climate variability under real conditions and (6) application of this standard through a case study in the aguas calientes river sub-watershed in nicaragua, which permanently undergoes drought problems and climate variability.
Share knowledge on drought with the general public through a web-based information and discussion platform hosted by the european drought centre (edc), and to disseminate knowledge through a summer school and on the proposed 2nd drought conference as follow-up of the first conference held in brussels, february 2010.