UCL global drought monitor. Benjamin Lloyd-Hughes. Apologies!. “Very sorry to be unable to join you, please accept my apologies for some rather wordy slides...”. Key message. “We’d like to emulate the best regional practices globally.” However:
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“Very sorry to be unable to join you, please accept my apologies for some rather wordy slides...”
“We’d like to emulate the best regional practices globally.”
Regional differences in data availability mean that much of the most valuable information provided by the best national level drought monitoring systems is missing at the global scale.
Transnational drought information provided by a global system will represent a compromise between completeness and consistency.
The best monitoring systems (e.g. US National Integrated Drought Information Service)
Several new data sources (observational and forecast) have become available since the launch of the original drought monitor. There have also been major technological developments in user generated content and interface design.
The ongoing challenge is to optimally combine the available technologies and data to best serve the requirements of the user community.
Usage statistics from the existing Global Drought Monitor:
Operation of the UCL Global Drought Monitor has prompted feedback from a range of users from sectors including agriculture, aid, education, media, and energy. The feedback, whilst overwhelmingly positive, indicates certain areas which could be improved. The most common feature requests can be summarised as:
Realisation of the above feature requests coupled with improved consistency and operational support describe a road map toward the next generation of global drought monitor