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Drought and water crises : science, technology, and management issues

Author: Donald A Wilhite
Publisher: Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, ©2005.
Series: ENVIROnetBASE.
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OVERVIEWDrought as Hazard: Understanding the Natural and Social Context, Donald A. Wilhite and Margie Buchanan-SmithDROUGHT AND WATER MANAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYThe Challenge of Climate Prediction in Mitigating Drought Impacts, Neville Nicholls, Michael J. Coughlan, and Karl MonnikDrought Monitoring: New Tools for the 21st Century, Michael J. Hayes, Mark Svoboda, Douglas Le Comte, Kelly T.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Drought and water crises.
Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, ©2005
(DLC) 2004061861
(OCoLC)56924650
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald A Wilhite
ISBN: 1420028383 9781420028386 9780824727710 0824727711
OCLC Number: 70200931
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 406 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Front cover; Contents; Editor's Preface; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Part I; 1; Drought as Hazard: Understanding the Natural and Social Context; I. Introduction; II. Drought as Hazard: Concepts, Definition, and Types; A. Types of Drought; B. Characterizing Drought and Its Severity; III. Drought as Disaster: The Social/Political Context; IV. The Challenge of Drought Early Warning; V. Examples of the Interaction of Drought with the Wider Social/Political Context; A. Southern Africa Food Crisis of 2002-2003; B. Drought and War in South Sudan in 1998. C. Recent Drought Years in the United States, 1996-2004VI. Drought-Vulnerable vs. Drought- Resilient Society; VII. Summary and Conclusion; References; Part II; 2; The Challenge of Climate Prediction in Mitigating Drought Impacts; I. Forecasting Drought; A. Introduction; B. Seasonal to Interannual Prediction; 1. Forecasts Based on Empirical Analysis of the Climate Record; 2. Explicit Computer Model Predictions; C. Can We Forecast Droughts on Even Longer Time Scales?; II. Climate Prediction and Drought Early Warning Systems; III. Impediments to Using Climate Predictions for Drought Mitigation. IV. Climate Change and Drought MitigationReferences; 3; Drought Monitoring: New Tools for the 21st Century; I. Introduction: The Importance of Drought Monitoring; II. Past Efforts; III. New Developments; A.U.S. Drought Monitor; B. Climate Delivery Systems; C. Hydrological Indicators; D. Soil Moisture; E. Satellite; F. Environmental and Qualitative Indicators; G. Water Management Considerations; IV. Drought Forecasting; V. Conclusion; References; 4; Drought Indicators and Triggers; I. Overview of Indicators and Triggers; A. Precipitation. B. Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and Palmer Hydrologic Drought Index (PHDI)C. Surface Water Supply Index; II. Multiple Indicators and Triggers: Challenges and Solutions; A. Typical Problems with Indicators and Triggers; B. Percentiles for Drought Indicators and Triggers; C. Example: The U.S. Drought Monitor; III. Developing and Evaluating Indicators and Triggers; A. Considerations for Drought Indicators and Triggers; B. Checklist for Indicators and Triggers in a Drought Plan; IV. Conclusion; Acknowledgments; References; 5; Drought Preparedness Planning: Building Institutional Capacity. I. IntroductionII. Planning for Drought: The Process; III. Step 1: Appoint a Drought Task Force; IV. Step 2: State the Purpose and Objectives of the Drought Plan; V. Step 3: Seek Stakeholder Participation and Resolve Conflict; VI. Step 4: Inventory Resources and Identify Groups at Risk; VII. Step 5: Establish and Write Drought Plan; A. Monitoring, Early Warning, and Prediction Committee; B. Risk Assessment Committee; 1. Task 1: Assemble the Team; 2. Task 2: Drought Impact Assessment; 3. Task 3: Ranking Impacts; 4. Task 4: Vulnerability Assessment; 5. Task 5: Action Identification.
Series Title: ENVIROnetBASE.
Responsibility: edited by Donald A. Wilhite.

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