WMO/UNISDR Expert Meeting on Agricultural Drought Indices
The Murcia Expert Meeting is based on the outcomes of the Regional Workshop on Indices and Early Warning Systems for Drought which was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December, 2009. At the Lincoln workshop, drought experts examined what indices are used for meteorological, agricultural and hydrological drought and developed the Lincoln Declaration on Drought Indices. There was a consensus agreement that the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) should be used to characterize meteorological droughts by all NMHSs around the world. Several other of the recommendations formt eh Lincoln Declaration included establishment of two working groups with the objective of recommending, by the end of 2010, indices for global use to cope with agricultural and hydrological droughts. In this regard, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is co-organizing with WMO the meetings of the Working Groups on Agricultural (Spain - June 2010) and Hydrological Droughts Indices ( India - August 2010) and the outcomes from all of these workshops on drought indices will be finalized in a chapter on drought risks for the 2011 UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.
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