Unfamiliar territory: Emerging themes for ecological drought research and management

One Earth
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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, we identified the emerging issues in ecological drought that represent key challenges to timely and effective responses. Here we 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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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Unfamiliar territory: Emerging themes for ecological drought research and management
Series title One Earth
DOI 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.08.019
Volume 3
Issue 3
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Alaska Climate Science Center, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, National Research Program - Eastern Branch, Southwest Biological Science Center, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description 17 p.
First page 337
Last page 353
Country United States
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