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.
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