Melanie Oertel presented her ongoing research on drought propagation at the Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2017 , which was held in Cologne (Germany). The title of the presented work is: “Propagation of Drought in Semi-Arid River Basins in the Americas, Revisiting the Report of Changnon (1987)”. Understanding propagation patterns in a river basin serves to improve drought management, and to identify early warning signals. Results are currently prepared to be published as a paper, meanwhile the abstract can be found here [abstract].


Key messages of the Conference are summarized in the Cologne Declaration, facing challenges on e.g. nexus-thinking, human migration, and nature based solutions.