Annual progress report of the European and global drought observatories

This report gives a comprehensive overview of the new functions in the European and Global Observatories (EDO and GDO) that were created in 2019. This report completes the user documentation of the systems and is to be used in conjunction with the previous reports presented since 2010. The sectorial indices tested, concern droughts in wetlands, water security during drought events for big cities, water intake limitations for industrial activities during droughts and a low flow index at world level in addition to the low flow index for Europe. In brief, drought is becoming, in reaction to society’s hesitation to react on the Climate Heating drama, more and more a political tense topic, putting this work in the centre of attention together with the results of colleagues of forest fire alerts.