13 Sep 2023
 | 13 Sep 2023
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Brief communication: lessons learnt and experienced gained from building up a global survey on societal resilience to droughts

Marina Batalini de Macedo, Marcos Roberto Benso, Karina Simone Sass, Adelaide Cassia Nardocci, Eduardo Mario Mendiondo, Greicelene Jesus da Silva, Pedro Gustavo Câmara da Silva, Abdullah Konak, Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, and Michael Jacobson

Abstract. Drought resilience indexes are essential tools for an evidence-based decision-making process. They can be constructed by enquiring experts about the most relevant indicators. This communication presents the challenges found a priori of creating a global survey with experts in drought. The lessons learned include: (1) the heterogeneity of the conceptual background should be minimized prior the construction of the survey; (2) large number of indicators decreases the engagement of respondents; (3) the format should balance response rate and accuracy, (4) raising diverse experts by knowledge areas, experience and regional representations is difficult, but crucial to minimize biased results.

Marina Batalini de Macedo et al.

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Short summary
With climate change, societies increasingly need to adapt to deal with more severe droughts and the impacts they can have on food production. To make better adaptation decisions, drought resilience indicators can be used. To build these indicators, surveys with experts can be done. However, designing surveys is a costly process that can influence how experts respond. In this communication, we aim to deal with the challenges encountered in the development of the surveys, to help further research.