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Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity
Management of Drought and Water Scarcity

ISBN 9781498731003
Published July 24, 2017 by CRC Press
798 Pages 130 B/W Illustrations

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This volume includes over 30 chapters, written by experts from around the world. It examines numerous management strategies for dealing with drought and scarcity. These strategies include management approaches for different regions, such as coastal, urban, rural, and agricultural areas. It offers multiple strategies for monitoring, assessing, and forcasting drought through the use of remote sensing and GIS tools. It also presents drought mitigation management strategies, such as groundwater management, rainwater harvesting, conservations practices, and more.

Table of Contents



1 Drought Management: Initiatives and Objectives

Yohannes Yihdego and Saeid Eslamian

2 Impacts of Drought on Social and Agricultural Systems

Hussein A. Amery and Christina A. Boyes

3 Capacity Building and Drought Management

Shafi Noor Islam, Sandra Reinstädtler, and Albrecht Gnauck

4 Adaption to Droughts

Never Mujere and Sanjay M. Yadav

5 Drought Management Strategies in Water-Stressed/Water-Scarce Regions

Ismail Kaan Tuncok and Saeid Eslamian

6 Drought Management in an Urban Context

Avanish K. Panikkar

7 Drought Management in Coastal Areas

Giovanni Barrocu

8 Drought Management for Landscape and Rural Security

Sandra Reinstädtler, Shafi Noor Islam, and Saeid Eslamian

9 Drought Assessment and Management for Heat Waves Monitoring

Nicolas R. Dalezios and Saeid Eslamian

10 Drought and Pest Management

Yohannes Yihdego

11 Groundwater Management in Drought Conditions

Eduardo Kruse and Saeid Eslamian

12 Reservoir Operation during Drought

Shahab Araghinejad, Seyed-Mohammad Hosseini-Moghari, and Saeid Eslamian

13 Crisis Management Planning and Drought Management Plans

Saeid Eslamian, Behnaz Khosravi, Majedeh Sayahi, and Majedeh Haeri-Hamedani

14 Functional Analysis of Regional Drought Management

Rares Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir and Saeid Eslamian

15 Rainfall Management for Sustainable Agriculture

Never Mujere and Rajendra Kumar Isaac

16 Deficit Irrigation: Farmlands

Ali Zahraei, Sara Saadati, and Saeid Eslamian

17 Deficit Irrigation: Greenhouse

Mohammad Javad Amiri, Saeid Eslamian, Mehdi Bahrami, and Neda Yousefi

18 Deficit Irrigation: Optimization Models

Kaveh Ostad-Ali-Askari, Mohammad Shayannejad, Saeid Eslamian, Fereshteh Zamani, Nasrin Shojaei, Bahareh Navabpour, Zahra Majidifar, Amin Sadri, Zahra Ghasemi-Siani, Hossein Nourozi, Omid Vafaei, and Seyed-Mohamad-Amir Homayouni

19 Drought Mitigation Practices

Adebayo Oluwole Eludoyin, Oyenike Mary Eludoyin, and Saeid Eslamian

20 Social Impacts of a National Drought Policy in Australia

Tamara Sysak and Ruth Beilin

21 History of Drought Management in Australia

Kathryn Reardon-Smith, Allyson Williams, Shahbaz Mushtaq, David Cobon, David McRae, and Louis Kouadio

22 Politics of Drought Management and Water Control in India

S. Mohammed Irshad and Saeid Eslamian

23 Drought Management for Horticultural Crops in India

Ravi Patil and Saeid Eslamian

24 Interbasin Transfers of Water for Southern Africa

Samir Anwar Al-Gamal

25 Drought Management Planning Resources for Water Suppliers in Pakistan

Saifullah Khan and Saeid Eslamian

26 Forest Fire Mitigation under Water Shortage

Leila Sedaei, Nazila Sedaei, Jonathan Peter Cox, Nicolas R. Dalezios, and Saeid Eslamian

27 Education Program for Drought

Neda Torabi Farsani, Carlos Neto de Carvalho, and Saeid Eslamian

28 Policy Framework of Drought Risk Mitigation

Giuseppe Rossi

29 Drought Law and Policy

Bosun Banjoko and Saeid Eslamian

30 Emergency Drought Consequence Plan

Sara Nazif, Hamed Tavakolifar, and Saeid Eslamian

31 Coping with Drought

Mohsen Mohseni Saravi, Reza Shahbazi, and Saeid Eslamian

32 Integrated Water Resources Management under Water Scarcity

Saeid Eslamian, Elham Mohri-Isfahani, Arash Mahdavi, Foroozan Rajaei-Rizi, Maryam Marzi-Nouhedani, Mahboubeh Ghasemi-Zanyani, Sara Dehghani, Seyedeh Zahra Hosseini-Teshnizi, Farzad Esmaeili, Nasrin Shojaei, Mohsen Ghane, and Ali Hasantabar-Amiri

33 Drought and Dust Management

Alireza Aghaei, Saeid Eslamian, Nicolas R. Dalezios, Ali Saeidi-Rizi, and Sivash Bahredar

34 Drought Management: Current Challenges and Future Outlook

Saeid Eslamian, Nicolas R. Dalezios, Vijay P. Singh, Jan Adamowski, Sheyda Mohammadifard, Ramin Bahmani, Somayeh Eskandari, Mehdi Zomorodian, Ata Arefeyan, Sara Dehghani, Mina Aghaesmaeili, Meysam Shahbazi, Mohammad Taghi Amoushahi, Narges Yousefi, and Arya Namdi


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Dr. Saeid Eslamian is professor of Hydrology at Isfahan University of Technology, where he heads the Hydrology Research Group in the Department of Water Engineering. His research focuses mainly on statistical and environmental hydrology and climate change. In particular, he is working on modeling and prediction of natural hazards including flood, drought, storms, wind, groundwater drawdown, and pollution for arid and semi-arid zones, particularly in urban areas. He is also a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, and University of ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

He has contributed to more than 300 publications in books, research journals, and technical reports or papers in conferences. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of both the International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology and the Journal of Flood Engineering. He received ASCE and EWRI awards in 2009 and 2010 for his research.

Faezeh A. Eslamian is a PhD candidate of bioresource engineering and research assistant at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is currently working on the fate and transport of phosphorus through subsurface drained farmlands. Dr. Eslamian completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, where she evaluated natural and low-cost absorbents for the removal of pollutants such as textile dyes and heavy metals. Furthermore, she has conducted research on the worldwide water quality standards, wastewater reuse, and drought guidelines.


"The effect of drought on agricultural productivity is widely recognized, but the social, political, and psychological effects of drought may be just as important, especially in a world that is moving towards greater urbanization. The papers in this book discuss the broader aspects of drought, with a view towards the future in an uncertain world."
—Richard McCuen, University of Maryland, USA

"The three-volume Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity, edited by Saeid Eslamian, provides a unique synthesis of the recent state of knowledge, which has been fundamental for the development strategies and methodology of achieving the sustainable future we want."
—Maciej Zalewski, University of Lodz, Poland

"This handbook provides a welcome addition to the literature on drought and water scarcity. Each of the 102 chapters in this three-volume handbook addresses a different issue of water resource management during periods of drought and water scarcity. Hence, a water resource manager should be able to find discussion relevant to resolution of their resource management problem. My congratulations on the production of a handbook that is a most welcome addition to the literature on this topic."
— James E Ball, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

"The Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity includes a wide range of topics that will be an essential addition to professionals regarding the underlying concepts and techniques behind drought occurrence, its characterization, impacts, and consequences, and planning and management aspects. A valuable handbook for libraries worldwide."
—Jose D. Salas, Colorado State University, USA

"This three volume set is a comprehensive treatment on this complex and important subject. It presents the definition of drought and its indices used for various sectors, the effects of a changing climate and ocean oscillations on drought, advanced methods for forecasting its progression, modeling its impacts on environmental, economic, agricultural, and social conditions, and mitigation methods and strategies, including technology, law, policy, and education."
— Emery Coppola Jr., NOAH LLC, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

"This three volume set presents the most current developments in the theoretical and practical aspects of forecasting and monitoring droughts, assessing their consequences in many areas and developing optimal management strategies to lower or even avoid their negative effects in all areas of the environment, economy and our life."
—Ferenc Szidarovszky, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA