Hydrological Drought: Forecasting and Assessment

A special issue of Hydrology (ISSN 2306-5338). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources and Risk Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 668

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National Satellite Meteorological Center, Beijing, China
Interests: hydrometeorological disaster; drought monitoring; satellite data processing for hydrological application; water resources management

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China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China
Interests: catchment hydrology; hydrological modelling and forecasting; water resources management; flood and drought disaster reduction

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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Interests: thermal remote sensing; land surface temperature; surface emissivity; soil moisture; leaf area index; ecological remote sensing
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Remote Sensing Centre, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, 02-679 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: remote sensing; impact of climate change on environment; energy exchange between surface and atmosphere; remote sensing applications on wetlands
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1. Key Laboratory of Environment Change and Resources Use in Beibu Gulf, Ministry of Education, Nanning Normal University, Nanning, China
2. School of Geography and Planning, Nanning Normal University, Nanning, China
Interests: agricultural disaster; soil moisture inversion; drought monitoring and forecasting; evapotranspiration inversion by remote sensing; drought risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drought is one of the most severe natural disasters, affecting countries all over the world and causing vast annual economic losses. Hydrological drought is one of four types of drought , and it is closely connected to the other three types: meteorological drought, agricultural drought, and social and economic drought. In the background of global climate change, the risk of drought occurrence is increasing as the deficit in the demand for water resources and supply gradually increases in some basins or regions. Population growth and economic developments also impose great pressure on the food. The serious impacts of hydrological drought on both natural and human systems should be taken into account.

The timely forecasting and assessment of hydrological drought will provide a valuable scientific basis for making decisions regarding drought relief and loss reduction, as well as effective water resources utilization and management. Nowadays, the increased availability of remote-sensing-derived products on hydrometeorology—e.g., water bodies, precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, landcover and land use, land surface temperature, the improvements in the spatiotemporal resolution of hydrological models, and advances in parameter calibration or hydrological information systems—have enhanced the capability of the forecasting and assessment of hydrological drought to cover large areas. However, the water balance varies over the spatial and temporal conditions, and the physical process of the water cycle is highly complex. All parameters depicting the aspects of the water cycle in the study area are not definitively available. The gaps in the forecasting and assessment of hydrological drought should be bridged via the integration of hydrological models, remote sensing data, and in situ observations.

In the context of “Hydrological Drought: Forecasting and Assessment”, this Special Issue seeks contributions that reflect the present innovative research progress in this field. These topics include: hydrological drought indices development, system development for hydrological drought forecasting and assessment, spatiotemporal analyses of hydrological drought at various scales, irrigation assessments to relieve hydrological drought, or related satellite products development in support of hydrological drought applications. Additionally, innovative methods for forecasting hydrological drought and assessing its impacts are warm welcome.

Dr. Jinlong Fan
Dr. Xiaotao Li
Dr. Xiaoning Song
Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska
Prof. Dr. Qiuyan Huang
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  • hydrological drought forecasting and assessment
  • hydrometeorological disaster reduction
  • remote sensing hydrology
  • hydrological information systems
  • satellite precipitation

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