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Hazards and Disasters: Drought

Series: Hazards and Disasters

Edited By: Donald Wilhite

700 pages, 2 volume set, Illus, figs, tabs


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #99249 | ISBN: 0415168333
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Forming part of the series published to mark the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, Droughts is an important contribution to research on hazards and disasters world-wide. Drought is the most complex of all natural hazards. Resulting in serious economic, social and environmental costs and losses in both developed and developing countries, drought has severely affected most countries in recent years, and on multiple occasions in many cases. Drought risks are escalating in response to many factors, including the increasing and shifting population that leads to expanding pressure on water and other natural resources. Drought draws together contributions from over 75 leading international researchers in the field to present the most comprehensive body of research on the physical and social dimensions of drought to date. Including an extensive range of case-studies covering the most drought-prone and most affected countries, the contributors examine new technology, planning methodologies and mitigation actions from recent drought experiences worldwide. Following a discussion of the critical concepts of drought, the work is divided into the following additional parts: causes and predictability monitoring and early warning techniques impacts and assessment methodologies links between drought and other global issues conclusions and future challenges To reduce the risk associated with the drought hazard, societies must assess their exposure to drought and identify where, when and who is vulnerable. This action can lead to the development of mitigation programs and policies and preparedness plans aimed at reducing the risks of future droughts. Discussing both the physical and social dimensions of drought and proposed management actions and policies, this set will prove invaluable to all those seeking a greater understanding of this complex natural hazard.


1. Backgrounds and Concepts Drought as a natrual hazard: Concepts and definitions, Donald A. Wilhite 2. Causes and Predictability Prospects for the prediction of meteorological drought, C.F. Ropelewski and C. K. Folland, The application of El Nino-Southern oscillation information to seasonal forecasts in Australia, Neville Nicholls and Grant Beard, Predicting drought in Kenya: Prospects and challenges, L.A. Ogallo, The prediction of drought in the Brazilian Nordeste: progess and prospects for the future, Paulo Nobre and Iracema F.A. Cavalcanti, Prospects for predicting droughts in the United States, Randall M. Dole, Predictability of drought in China, Wang Shaowu, Ye Jinlan and Qian Weihong, The occurrence and predictability of droughts over Southern Africa, S.J. Mason and P.D. Tyson, Drought and its predictability in Ethiopia, Tseaye Tadesse 3. Monitoring and Early Warning Techniques Integrated climate monitoring for drought detection, Kelly T. Redmond, Drought Indices: A Review, Richard R. Heim, Jr., Monitoring drought using the standardized precipitation index, Michael Hayes, Mark Svoboda and Donald A. Wilhite, Monitoring the incidence of large-scale droughts in India, H.P. Das, Global drought detection and impact assessment from space, Felix Kogan, Australian climate services for drought management, W.R. Kininmonth, M.E. Voice, G.S. Beard, G.C. de Hoedt and C.E. Mullen, Drought monitoring for famine relief in Africa, J.A. Dyer, Drought in the context of the last 1,000+ years: Some surprising implications, Lisa J. Graumlich and Mrill Ingram Impacts and Assessment Methodologies Drought: Pervasive impacts of a creeping phenomenon, Donald A. Wilhite and Olga Vanyarkho, Estimating the economic impacts of drought on agriculture, William Easterling and Robert Mendelsohn, Computing drought severity and forecasting its future impact on grazing in a GIS, J.M. de Jager, M.D. Howard and H.J.Fouche, An assessment of the drought hazard in Morocco, Will D. Swearingen and Abdellatif Bencherifa, The Economic dimensions of drought in Sub-Saharan Africa, Charlotte Benson and Edward Clay, Canadian Prairie drought impacts and experiences, E.E. Wheaton, The impacts of drought in China: Recent experiences, Kerang Li, Yufeng Chen and Chaoying Huang, Drought in South Africa, with special reference to the 1980-94 period, Coleen Vogel, Mike Laing and Karl Monnik, The drought of 1991-5 in Southern Spain: Analysis, Economic repercussions and response measures, C. Peral Garcia, A. Mestre Barcelo and J.L. Garcia Merayo, The virgin lands scheme in the former Soviet Union, Igor Zon, Michael H. Glantz and Alvin Rubinstein 5. Adjustment and Adaptation Strategies Effective drought mitigation: Linking micro and macro levels, Susanna Davies, Productive water points as a means of coping with drought, Charles Batchelor, Chris Lovell and Isiah Mharapara, Adjustment and response strategies of local farmers in India, A.R. S

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