Available courses

GlobeDrought – Characterizing and Assessing Drought Risk and Drought Impacts at the Global and Regional Level

GlobeDrought – Characterizing and Assessing Drought Risk and Drought Impacts at the Global and Regional Level

The first introductory webinar & lecture provide a general overview of the objectives of the BMBF GroW initiative and its GlobeDrought project.

It will discuss the relevance of understanding and assessing drought risk and its sectoral impacts in order to create more resilience societies, and link this debate to relevant policy frameworks (e.g. Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, SDGs, UNCCD Drought Initiative, etc.).

What is a drought, how can it be characterized, why does it matter globally (past events & impacts, future outlook), what is drought risk, what are key components, why do we need to understand and assess drought risk? How is this linked to policy (UNCCD perspective)?


Drought impacts I: migration

Drought impacts I: migration

Land degradation and drought are challenges that are intimately linked to food insecurity and migration. In just 15 years, the number of international migrants worldwide has risen, some of which are a result of environmental challenges. Recent trends appear to support the position that drought conditions increase population movements due to land degradation, and the loss of arable land.

The webinar investigates the interlinkage between drought and migration, exploring how drought affect vulnerability and the ability of community to cope with the impacts of drought.


Drought impacts II: gender/women

Drought impacts II: gender/women

Drought can have economic, social, and environmental effects on women in developing countries. Unequal power relations, gender inequalities and discrimination mean that women and girls are often hardest hit during a crisis and will take longer to recover. Women and girls experience vulnerability different to men. During times of crisis women`s access to, or control over, critical resources worsens, and can lead to exclusion from claiming basic services and rights. As a result women’s and girl’s vulnerability can increase and under-mine their ability to cope with the impacts of droughts and other disasters.

The webinar explore how women are affected by drought impacts and how they can develop coping strategy to tackle drought.


Drought hazards I: meteorological droughts

Drought hazards I: meteorological droughts

This webinar will provide an overview of different indicators and tools for characterizing, assessing and monitoring meteorological droughts.

Drought hazards II: hydrological droughts

Drought hazards II: hydrological droughts

This webinar will provide an overview of different indicators and tools for characterizing, assessing and monitoring hydrological droughts.

Innovation: Total water storage change analysis from GRACE and hydrological modeling

Innovation: Total water storage change analysis from GRACE and hydrological modeling

This webinar will explore the use of the GRACE satellite mission, potentials and limitations using GRACE for hydrological drought monitoring.


 Drought hazards III: soil moisture droughts

Drought hazards III: soil moisture droughts

This webinar will provide an overview of different indicators and tools for characterizing, assessing and monitoring soil moisture droughts.

 Vulnerability and risk of sectoral drought impacts

Vulnerability and risk of sectoral drought impacts

This webinar will discuss the following:

  • Why do we need vulnerability thinking to explain drought impacts?
  • Which conceptual models exist to explain the propagation from drought hazards to drought impacts? What are their merits, what are their limitations?
  • How can drought risk be characterized and assessed?

Innovation: Supplementing qualitative data with quantitative data (“humans as sensors”)

Innovation: Supplementing qualitative data with quantitative data (“humans as sensors”)

This webinar discusses the innovative use of qualitative DATA in drought characterization. The webinar focuses on how to gather and analyze DATA coming from an informal channel such as: Twitter, social media and newspaper articles.

Drought impacts III: agricultural systems

Drought impacts III: agricultural systems

This webinar will discuss drought impacts on the agricultural system. By engaging with relevant International Organization, such as IFAD and FAO, we will discuss approaches that can be used to tackle these impacts.


 Drought impacts IV: food security

Drought impacts IV: food security

This webinar will discuss the impacts of drought on food security and community. During the webinar, International organization will present relevant approaches that can be used to support affected communities and mitigate drought effects.


 The GlobeDrought information system (GDIS)

The GlobeDrought information system (GDIS)

In this webinar the new GlobeDrought Information System will be presented and discussed.

GDIS objectives, tools, target groups, how to use, data and models to monitor and forecast.


 Droughts and the post-2015 agenda

Droughts and the post-2015 agenda

While hazards are inevitable, and the elimination of all risk is impossible, there are many technical measures, traditional practices, and public experience that can reduce the extent or severity of economic and social disasters. In this webinar we will explore how International Organizations are dealing with Drought and how drought is managed and addressed according with the main frameworks: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030; , SDGs and Paris Agreement .