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Developing and Testing a Rapid Assessment Method for Understanding Key Social Factors of Ecological Drought Preparedness

Project Status

Drought is a complex environmental hazard that impacts both ecological and social systems. Accounting for the role of human attitudes, institutions, and societal values in drought planning is important to help identify how various drought durations and severity may differentially affect social resilience to adequately respond to and manage drought impacts. While there have been successful past efforts to understand how individuals, communities, institutions, and agencies plan for and respond to drought, these studies have relied on extensive multi-year case studies in specific locations. In contrast, this project seeks to determine how social science insights and methods can best contribute to ecological drought preparedness and resilience in situations where extensive field study is not feasible. 

General Location
Pacific Northwest
Key Partners
U.S. Geological Survey
Hazard Planning & Preparedness
Navigation and Transportation
Public Health
Recreation and Tourism
Water Utilities
DEWS Components
Planning & Preparedness
Communication & Outreach
Research & Applications