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Drought and Water CrisesOver 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, weather and climate extremes and policy actions related to water. 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 new relevant case studies that integrate this new approach and discusses examples applied in both developed and developing countries.


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