Drought management is inefficient because feedbacks between drought and people are not fully understood. In this human-influenced era, we need to rethink the concept of drought to include the human role in mitigating and enhancing drought.

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  1. Water Science Research Group, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

    • Anne F. Van Loon
    • , David M. Hannah
    •  & Sally Rangecroft
  2. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada

    • Tom Gleeson
  3. Human Geography Research Group, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

    • Julian Clark
  4. Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

    • Albert I. J. M. Van Dijk
  5. Hydrology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Germany

    • Kerstin Stahl
  6. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK

    • Jamie Hannaford
  7. Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden

    • Giuliano Di Baldassarre
  8. Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    • Adriaan J. Teuling
    • , Remko Uijlenhoet
    •  & Henny A. J. Van Lanen
  9. Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway

    • Lena M. Tallaksen
  10. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, USA

    • Justin Sheffield
    •  & Niko Wanders
  11. National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

    • Mark Svoboda
  12. Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    • Boud Verbeiren
  13. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, UK

    • Thorsten Wagener
  14. Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, UK

    • Thorsten Wagener

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