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Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity (Three-Volume Set)

    2191 Pages 166 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    This handbook includes over 100 chapters, written by experts from around the world. It examines drought and all of the issues relating to drought and water scarcity, including causes, impacts, modeling, capacity building, early-warning systems, management and policy, remote sensing, risk assessment, and more. It also explains how drought can affect different sectors in different ways, for example, rural and agricultural areas as compared to urban areas. It explains the environmental aspects of drought such as contamination, and also discusses how climate change affects drought conditions, and presents modeling for better understanding drought in uncertain and changing climates.

    Definitions of Drought. Causes and Occurrence of Drought. Desertification and Drought.Acceptable Risks for Public Systems. Adaptation to Drought. Emergency Drought Consequence Plan. Minimizing the Impacts of Drought. Preparations for Drought. Drought Early Warning and Information Systems. Public Education Program for Drought. Coping with Water Scarcity. Drought Losses to Local Economy. Drought Vulnerability Assessment. Impact of Over-exploitation of Water Resource on Eco-hydrological Change in Semi-Arid Basin. Fire Control in Water Shortage Condition. Gradation of Drought Prone Area. Irrigation Deficit in Farmland. Irrigation Deficit in Greenhouse. Law and Drought. Institutional Guidelines for Drought. Politics of Drought Management for Controlling Water. Policy Framework of Drought Risk Mitigation. Food Security and Nutrition Policy. Water Security. Agricultural Drought: WMO and USDA Perspectives. Strategy for the Revitalization of Agriculture. Crop Insurance in Drought Conditions. Urbanization Impact on Drought. Water Issues from a Dynamic Systems Perspective. The Social Impacts of a National Drought Policy in Australia: a local experience of drought in irrigation communities. Social Aspects of Water Scarcity and Drought. Capacity Building for Drought Management. Crises Management Plan (CDP) and Drought Management Plan (DMP). Demand Management Under Drought. Drought and Natural Resources Management. Drought and Pest Management. Drought Management for Horticultural Crops. Drought Management for Landscape and Rural Security. Drought Management in Agriculture. Drought Management in an Urban Context. Drought Management in Coastal Areas. Drought Management in Integrated Water Resources Management. Real Time Drought Management. Drought Management Initiatives (DMI) and Objectives. Drought Management Planning Resources for Water Suppliers. Drought Management Strategies in Water Stressed/Scarce Regions.


    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