S3

Change in extreme droughts in the future
Convener: Gil Mahé | Co-Conveners: David Hannah, Yonca Cavus, Ebru Eris, MEDDI Mohamed

Drought is an extreme which has always drawn attention of the hydrological science community. It has been so more these days as too little water is not an avoidable case anymore with the change in hydrology, which can be either natural or because of human activities. Regardless of the nature of the change, we now face more frequent and more severe droughts for which actions are needed to be taken in advance for the sustainability of water-dependent sectors; irrigation, energy, industry, tourism, ecology, etc. Consequently, the economy is affected by the drought. An awareness is clearly needed to cope with the consequences of drought, and to be able to anticipate major drought spells. For this aim, people could be encouraged to include the concepts of water scarcity, water conservation and drought prevention in their everyday life. Also, it is expected that these concepts are considered in water resources management and planning. Legislative background is needed for the future water scarcity and drought management. Innovative and novel tools, methods and techniques are expected for the future to understand the drought process, make research and practice. They are also needed for promoting water savings, using alternative resources, encouraging the use of renewable sources; and discussing the environmental, economic and social impacts of water scarcity and drought. Studies touching upon all above concepts and issues are welcome to this session. Particularly welcome are studies showing experiences of how research directions can be driven from users and professional needs and requirements.