Drought Research Initiative


A critical aspect of DRI concerns the access to information regarding a wide variety of variables that can be used to characterize drought. Table 1 outlines a preliminary list of datasets that can be considered in the context of characterizing and quantifying drought. Table 2 is a modified version of Table 1, and includes an evolving list of data sources and links relevant to DRI; this table will be updated as DRI proceeds. Please refer to DRI's Data Access Policy for further information regarding data sharing and accessibility.

The following list provides access to datasets and various internet links to data sources:

Basic Features of the Region



Ocean Surface

Land Surface

Land Use

Modelling and Prediction


Remote Sensing Imagery

Surface Meteorology

Teleconnections Indices

Upper Atmosphere

Research Sites and Datasets

Other Useful Links