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07 Feb 2022
Review article | Highlight paper |  | 07 Feb 2022

A geography of drought indices: mismatch between indicators of drought and its impacts on water and food securities

Sarra Kchouk, Lieke A. Melsen, David W. Walker, and Pieter R. van Oel

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The aim of our study was to question the validity of the assumed direct linkage between drivers of drought and its impacts on water and food securities, mainly found in the frameworks of drought early warning systems (DEWSs). We analysed more than 5000 scientific studies leading us to the conclusion that the local context can contribute to drought drivers resulting in these drought impacts. Our research aims to increase the relevance and utility of the information provided by DEWSs.
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