The 1987-89 drought was a signal event in the evolving interrelationshipsamong climate, natural resources management, technology,and society in the United States. Over half of the country experiencedsevere to extreme drought by midsummer of 1988 (Figure 1.1). Lossesupward to $39 billion illustrate the continuing, perhaps growing,vulnerability of many natural resources and economic sectors to droughtand other climate fluctuations.Despite decades of crop breeding, water system development, andother improvements in climate-sensitive technologies, the droughtdemonstrated that the simple lack of "normal" rainfall still provokesserious disruptions in agriculture, water supply, transportation,environmental quality, and other areas. It can affect the health and wellbeingof millions of people and evoke billions of dollars in governmentaid.
List of Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- 2 A Climatological Perspective of the 1987-89 Drought -- 3 National Drought Vulnerability -- 4 Drought, Barges, and Diversion in the Mississippi Basin -- 5 Drought and Dryland Agriculture in North Dakota -- 6 Drought-Induced Water Supply Problems at Atlanta -- 7 Drought and Ecosystem Management: The Yellowstone Fires -- 8 Managing Drought in the U.S.: Problems and Solutions -- Index.