Background and Objectives:
In its 2009-2011 work plan, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) identified drought as a major activity within the Water Societal Benefit Area. A number of groups from different countries proposed actions they could take in support of the GEOSS (Global Earth Observing System of Systems) that would build drought monitoring and assessment capabilities, and would enable vulnerable countries to manage the drought risk more effectively. However, many of these activities are progressing independently from each other and without converging toward a contribution to GEOSS. This workshop, which is being hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) and its Drought Research Initiative (DRI), will improve the coordination of these activities and help to ensure that the latest research from the Drought Research Initiative and similar efforts are having a beneficial impact on the GEO drought activities.
Specific objectives for the workshop include:
- To review the activities that are being undertaking within GEO related to drought, drought impacts, drought monitoring and drought prediction.
- To identify the information needs for drought information for the purposes of monitoring, prediction and impact assessment.
- To review the results of relevant drought research that could contribute to the GEO drought objectives.
- To develop an action plan for GEO drought activities that would encourage the convergence of results of GEO drought-related activities towards onbe or more component(s) of GEOSS.