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Drought Assessment, Management, and Planning: Theory and Case Studies : Theory and Case Studies - Donald A. Wilhite

Drought Assessment, Management, and Planning: Theory and Case Studies

Theory and Case Studies

By: Donald A. Wilhite (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780792393375
Number Of Pages: 293

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This book is dedicated to furthering scientific understanding of drought assessment and management and the policy issues associated with drought preparedness worldwide. The authors invited to contribute to the volume are uniquely qualified to address their respective topics. The book is divided into two parts. Part One emphasizes theoretical aspects of drought assessment, management, and preparedness; it also includes a discussion of the concept of drought. These chapters are aimed at improving the reader's understanding and awareness of drought; appropriate technologies to monitor drought's onset, development and termination; emerging methodologies to estimate impacts; adjustment strategies to alleviate drought effects; and a methodology for countries to follow in the development of a national drought policy and plan. Part One concludes with an insightful examination of how changes in climate may alter climatic variability and the frequency and intensity of extreme events, particularly drought.
The successes and failures of previous assessment and response efforts are highlighted in Part Two through case studies in Israel, India, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and China. Several of these case studies provide insight into the difficulties inherent in the provision of timely and effective drought assistance by government in both a developed and developing country setting. The lessons learned in these instances provide both an extraordinary opportunity and challenge to other drought-prone nations to learn from these experiences and avoid some of the mistakes of the past. Some of the case studies in Part Two illustrate remarkable progress in drought preparedness and are examples for other nations to follow.

The Enigma of Droughtp. 3
Monitoring Regional Drought Conditionsp. 17
The Role of NOAA Satellite Data in Drought Early Warning and Monitoring: Selected Case Studiesp. 31
Assessing the Regional Consequences of Drought: Putting the MINK Methodology to Work on Today's Problemsp. 49
Agricultural Drought Management Strategies to Alleviate Impacts: Examples from the Arid and Subhumid Regions of the Indian Subcontinentp. 65
Planning for Drought: A Methodologyp. 87
Implications of Global Warming for Climate Variability and the Occurrence of Extreme Climate Eventsp. 109
Drought Risk and Water Management in Israel: Planning for the Futurep. 133
Indian Drought Management: From Vulnerability to Resiliencep. 157
Drought and Policy Responses in the Brazilian Northeastp. 181
Drought Policy in the Republic of South Africap. 199
Drought in Australia: Prediction, Monitoring, Management, and Policyp. 213
Drought Mitigation in the United States: Progress by State Governmentp. 237
Institutional Responses to the 1987-92 California Droughtp. 253
Drought in China: Present Impacts and Future Needsp. 263
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780792393375
ISBN-10: 0792393376
Series: Natural Resource Management and Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61