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Drought and Water Crises Integrating Science, Management, and Policy, Second Edition

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.


• Addresses the three pillars of drought risk reduction: monitoring and early warning and information delivery systems; vulnerability and impact assessment; and mitigation and response.
• Provides sound analysis of the growing challenges presented by drought events and the shortcomings and opportunities of drought policy and preparedness in many jurisdictions.
• Discusses in-depth case studies from researchers and practitioners dealing with drought at the local, national, and global scale.
• Presents the new science, theory and state-of-the-art methods that have emerged throughout the world since the publication of the first edition

Donald Wilhite School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Roger S. Pulwarty National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado

Drought Book