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Hydrology Research Special Issue on:

Extreme Drought and its Multifaceted Impacts in a Changing Environment



Under the joint influence of climate change and increasing human activities, the global hydrological cycle is undergoing dramatic changes. One of the major changes is the increased frequency of extreme droughts which have a huge impact on human society. Both flash droughts and long-term droughts have led to crop reduction and water crisis. Moreover, the combination of droughts and heat waves, often referred to as compound events, has exacerbated the severity of their impacts. However, our current understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms and driving forces behind extreme droughts in a changing environment remains limited. Consequently, comprehensive measures for drought mitigation and management are required. Recent advancements in science and technology provide new ways to investigate the changes in the frequency and severity of extreme droughts, which can help develop mitigation and adaptation strategies. The goal of this special issue is to present the state-of-art research on the evolutionary mechanisms, propagation, and impacts of extreme droughts in a changing environment. We aim to advance our understanding of complex interactions between human-water systems, which will help better manage water resources for humans, ecosystems, agriculture, and industry.

This Special Issue will cover a range of topics that contribute to our understanding of the linkages between extreme droughts, both at local and global scales, and their interaction with water resources.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Hydrology Research for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled Extreme Drought and its Multifaceted Impacts in a Changing Environment.


Relevant topics include:

  • Evolution of extreme droughts in a changing environment
  • Impacts of climate change and human activities on droughts
  • Application of machine learning and deep learning in monitoring, assessment and forecasting of drought
  • Assessment of droughts under non-stationary conditions
  • Characteristics, drivers, and impacts of compound droughts and hot extremes in a changing environment
  • Construction of assessment indicators, evolutionary characteristics, and driving mechanisms of drought-flood abrupt alternation in a changing environment
  • Propagation from meteorological to hydrological, agricultural and ecosystem droughts across the world
  • Risk prediction and evolution trends of extreme drought at regional and global scales in the future
  • Drought mitigation measures and management


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: June 30th, 2024

Expected publication: Papers will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance


Guest Editors:

Shanhu Jiang, Hohai University, China

Yi Liu, Hohai University, China

V. P. Singh, Texas A&M University, USA

Zheng Duan, Lund University, Sweden

Xiaoli Yang, Hohai University, China


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Hydrology Research’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – ‘Special Issue: Extreme Drought’. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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