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Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity
Principles of Drought and Water Scarcity

ISBN 9781498731027
Published July 12, 2017 by CRC Press
690 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume include over 30 chapters, written by experts from around the world. It examines drought and all of the fundamental principles relating to drought and water scarcity. It includes coverage of the causes of drought, occurences, preparations, drought vulnerability assessments, societal implications, and more.

Table of Contents



1 Definition of Drought

Neil A. Coles and Saeid Eslamian

2 Desertification and Drought

Victor R. Squires

3 Meteorological Drought Indices: Definitions

Nicolas R. Dalezios, Zoltan Dunkel, and Saeid Eslamian

4 Hydrological Drought: Water Surface and Duration Curve Indices

Manish Kumar Goyal, Vivek Gupta, and Saeid Eslamian

5 Agricultural Drought Indices: Combining Crop, Climate, and Soil Factors

Nicolas R. Dalezios, Anne Gobin, Ana M. Tarquis Alfonso, and Saeid Eslamian

6 Agricultural Drought: Organizational Perspectives

Parvaneh TishehZan and Saeid Eslamian

7 Ocean Oscillation and Drought Indices: Principles

Olumide D. Onafeso

8 Ocean Oscillation and Drought Indices: Application

Mohammad Hadi Bazrkar and Saeid Eslamian

9 Cause and Occurrence of Drought

Rumia Basu, Chander Kumar Singh, and Saeid Eslamian

10 Drought Modeling Methods

João Filipe Santos, Inmaculada Pulido-Calvo, and Maria Manuela Portela

11 Drought Modeling Examples

Javad Bazrafshan, Somayeh Hejabi, and Saeid Eslamian

12 Observational Network and Drought Monitoring

Brij Bhushan

13 Real-Time Drought Management

Jonathan Peter Cox, Sara Shaeri Karimi, and Saeid Eslamian

14 Monitoring, Assessment, and Forecasting of Drought Using Remote Sensing and the Geographical Information System

Vaibhav Garg and Saeid Eslamian

15 Regionalization of Drought Prediction

Manish Kumar Goyal and Ashutosh Sharma

16 Drought Severity in a Changing Climate

Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano, Santiago Beguería, and Jesús Julio Camarero

17 Drought Early Warning and Information Systems

Richard R. Heim Jr., Michael J. Brewer, Roger S. Pulwarty, Donald A. Wilhite, Michael J. Hayes, and Mannava V.K. Sivakumar

18 Drought Assessment and Risk Analysis

Nicolas R. Dalezios, Ana M. Tarquis Alfonso, and Saeid Eslamian

19 New Approaches for Effective Drought Risk Assessment

Yildirim Kayam and Muslum Beyazgül

20 Drought and Acceptable Risks for Public Systems

Avanish K. Panikkar

21 Remote Sensing in Drought Quantification and Assessment

Nicolas R. Dalezios, Nicos V. Spyropoulos, and Saeid Eslamian

22 NASA Satellite–Based Global Precipitation Products and Services for Drought

Zhong Liu, Dana Ostrenga, William Teng, Steven J. Kempler, and Bruce Vollmer

23 Application of Data-Driven Models in Drought Forecasting

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

24 Application of Intelligent Technology in Rainfall Analysis

Mehdi Vafakhah and Saeid Eslamian

25 Application of the Optimization Models and Decision Support Systems in Drought

Emery A. Coppola Jr., Manuel Sapiano, Michael Schembri, and Ferenc Szidarovszky

26 Copula Functions and Drought

Shahrbanou Madadgar and Hamid Moradkhani

27 Drought Frequency Characterization in Spain by Means of T Analysis

Javier Álvarez-Rodríguez and Luis Miguel Barranco

28 Rainfall Prediction Using Time Series Analysis

Mehdi Vafakhah, Hussein Akbari Majdar, and Saeid Eslamian

29 Meteorological Drought Indices: Rainfall Prediction in Argentina

Marcela H. González, Eugenia M. Garbarini, Alfredo L. Rolla, and Saeid Eslamian

30 Modeling Hydrological Process by ARIMA–GARCH Time Series

Reza Hadizadeh and Saeid Eslamian

31 Gradation of Drought-Prone Area

Never Mujere, Xiaohua Yang, and Saeid Eslamian

32 Social Aspects of Water Scarcity and Drought

Johanna Hohenthal and Paola Minoia

33 Drought Losses to Local Economy

Md Mahmudul Haque, Amir Ahmed, Ataur Rahman, and Saeid Eslamian

34 Analysis of Drought Factors Affecting the Economy

Bapon S.H.M. Fakhruddin and Saeid Eslamian


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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.


"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