Droughts have severe impacts on the economy, society, and environment. They also have impacts on groundwater and vice versa. While most analyses consider drought and groundwater as disconnected, we argue that drought and groundwater management should be conjunctively considered. This article presents some key interconnections, identifies challenges, and discusses illustrative policy responses. We highlight several advancements found in international scientific research and describe future directions for drought and groundwater management. While many technological innovations have improved our understanding of drought and groundwater's complex nature, policy and governance advances have not kept pace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100364
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Science and Health
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • Drought management
  • Drought policy
  • Groundwater management
  • Groundwater policy
  • Water governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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