Drought in the Anthropocene – 2019 Workshop

Last week, together with Claudia Teutschbein, Elena Ridolfi and Sara Lindersson, I attended the annual IAHS Panta Rhei Drought in the Anthropocene 2019 Workshop organised by Margaret Garcia and colleagues from the Arizona State University. The focus of the workshop was on the cascading effects of drought and anthropogenic factors. Moreover, the workshop aimed at strengthening and enlarge the current research network by bringing together researchers from different disciplines and geographical locations.

Inspiring keynotes by Newsha K. Ajami, Kelley Sterle, Greg Husak, Julio Herrera, Amir AghaKouchak and Kelly Helm Smith were planned during the 2-days workshop. At the end of the first day, a dynamic poster session was hosted to share the research activities of different researchers within the working group. In addition, different breakout sessions were organised in order to identify and discuss key research questions and opportunities for future research collaborations. Last but not least, we had social dinners to further strengthen the connection within the group.

This was the first time I have attended the Drought in the Anthropocene workshop and I have truly enjoyed all the moments of this inspiring 2-day event. It was a fantastic experience interacting with researchers from various disciplines and with different backgrounds involved in water related science. With such an amazing benchmark, it will be now challenging, but also motivating, to organise the next Drought in the Anthropocene 2020 workshop in Uppsala.

By Maurizio Mazzoleni

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