Over the past decade there have been extraordinary advances towards drought risk reduction with the development of new water-conserving technologies, and new tools for planning, vulnerability and impact assessment, mitigation, and policy. Drought and Water Crises: Integrating Science, Management, and Policy, Second Edition comprehensively captures this evolving progress as it discusses drought management in the light of present risks, global climate change and public policy actions. This new edition emphasizes the paradigm shift from managing disasters to managing risk, reflecting the global emphasis that has evolved in recent years, a new focus that shines light on preparedness strategies and the tools and methods that are essential in drought risk reduction. The book provides additional relevant case studies that integrate this new approach and discusses examples applied in both developed and developing countries.
Dedication. Acknowledgements. Preface. PART I: OVERVIEW. Drought as Hazard: Understanding the Natural and Social Context. PART II: DROUGHT RISK REDUCTION, SHIFTING THE PARADIGM FROM MANAGING DISASTERS TO MANAGING RISK. The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: A Summary of Outcomes. Integrated Drought Management Initiatives. National Drought Management Policy Guidelines: A Template for Action. Benefits of action and costs of inaction: Drought mitigation and preparedness - a literature review. PART III: ADVANCES IN TOOLS FOR DROUGHT PREDICTION, EARLY WARNING, DECISION SUPPORT AND MANAGEMENT. Research to Advance National Drought Monitoring and Prediction Capabilities. Drought Monitoring and Early Warning: New Tools for the 21st Century. Handbook on Drought Indicators and Indices. The Application of Triggers in Drought Management: An Example from Colorado. Advancements in Satellite Remote Sensing for Drought Monitoring. Climate change, Evaporative Demand and Drought. A Role for Streamflow Forecasting in Managing Risk Associated with Drought and other Water Crises. Drought Mitigation: Water Conservation Tools for Short-Term and Permanent Water Savings. The Role of Water Harvesting and Supplemental Irrigation in Coping with Water Scarcity and Drought in the Dry Areas. PART IV: CASE STUDIES IN INTEGRATED DROUGHT AND WATER MANAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MANAGEMENT AND POLICY. Floods Punctuated by Drought: A Case Study of Developing a Drought Early Warning System in the Midst of Alternating Extremes. Managing Drought in Urban Centers: Lessons from Australia. Managing Drought and Water Scarcity in Federal Political Systems. Drought risk management: Needs and experiences in Europe. National Drought Policy in Mexico: A Paradigm Change from Reaction to Prevention. Drought Risk Management in the Caribbean Community- Early Warning Information and other Risk Reduction Considerations. Facilitating a Proactive Drought Management and Policy Shift: Recent Lessons from Northeast Brazil. Droughts and Drought Management in the Czech Republic in a Changing Climate. Drought Planning and Management in the Iberian Peninsula. Establishing the Queensland Drought Mitigation Centre. PART V: INTEGRATION AND CONCLUSIONS. Drought and Water Crises: Lessons Drawn, Some Lessons Learned, and the Road Ahead.
"This book represents a fundamental reference for those who, like me, work in regions predominantly prone to drought and water scarcity. Integrating science, management and policy is at the heart of all efforts we are making towards drought risk reduction."
—Pasquale Steduto, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Cairo, Egypt
"Donald (‘Dr. Drought’) Wilhite and Roger Pulwarty, two of the world’s most widely respected authorities on drought monitoring and management, make a strong case for the need to move away from reactive approaches in response to drought towards proactive policies and practices to reduce drought risk and minimize its impacts. They have assembled an extraordinary array of researchers and practitioners from various countries and disciplinary backgrounds to detail recent advances in the technical and policy aspects of drought prediction, early warning, decision support and management, and to present practical ways to improve drought management proactively in a range of contexts. This landmark book shows clearly and in detail how societies can reduce the social, economic, environmental and political impacts of drought by adopting new approaches centered on mitigation, preparedness, and early warning."
—Roberto Lenton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
"This book provides solid and fresh approaches on how to prepare for droughts. It is a one stop reference for recent developments in the drought management literature that advocates paradigm shift from reactive to proactive approaches. It is a must read for water managers, policy makers and scientists."
—Dr. Daniel Tsegai, Bonn, Germany