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Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research

Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems

Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean

Editors: Iglesias, C.A., Garrote, L., Cancelliere, A., Cubillo, F., Wilhite, D.A. (Eds.)

  • Addresses the growing issue of drought preparedness planning, monitoring, and mitigation which has worldwide application
  • The methodologies and lessons learned are focused on a specific, drought-prone region so the applications have more significance
  • The Mediterranean region is one that has been identified as experiencing significant changes in climate as a result of climate change. Preparing for climatic extremes (i.e., managing climate variability) is an important first step in preparing for climate change
  • The Mediterranean region exemplifies many other drought-prone regions with rapidly expanding populations that are placing increased pressure on already limited water supplies
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Today drought causes severe social problems and receives broad attention from the international scientific and policy communities. Drought management in the Mediterranean region exemplifies many other drought-prone regions with rapidly expanding populations that are placing increased pressure on already limited water supplies.
The experiences in the development and implementation of drought management plans in the Mediterranean highlight the success and challenges of coping with drought for societies with different vulnerabilities. Based on these experiences and the current methods for evaluating risk, the book synthesises guidelines for drought management that can be applied to other regions.
Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems addresses the growing issue of drought preparedness planning, monitoring, and mitigation which has worldwide application. The book collates considerable information from diverse disciplines. The information is presented to appeal to a broad scientific and policy audience seeking to develop proactive drought management plans effective for decreasing social vulnerability.
This book has been written within the framework of the MEDROPLAN (Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and MItigation Planning) Project, co-funded by the European Union through the Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for Local Water Management (MEDA Water) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza - CIHEAM (Spain; Coordinator), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), University of Catania (Italy), Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hasan II (Morocco), Canal de Isabel II (Spain), Confederación Hidrográfica del Tajo (Spain), Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (Spain) and Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Environnement et des Ressources Hydrauliques (Tunisia).
Audience:
This book will be of interest to agricultural, water and land managers; policy-makers; researchers in natural hazards and risk management; graduate students in natural hazards, agricultural and water management, rural planning, policy development, and social development.

About the authors

Dr. Ana Iglesias is a Research Scientist at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain and previously in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in New York. Her research focuses in understanding the interactions of global change with agriculture and water resources. Scientific advances include national and regional evaluations of adaptation strategies, focusing in the risk of vulnerable populations. She has contributed to programs of the U.N. Environmental Programme, UNESCO, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She leads the development of Drought Management Guidelines within the MEDA program of the European Union.

Prof. Luis Garrote is a Professor of Civil Engineering: Hydraulics and Energetics at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain and received formal training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His academic and scientific contributions to planning and management of hydrological systems include development of hydrological models, flood forecasting, reservoir management, and intelligent decision support systems. His distinguished professional record in the integrated water resources management includes collaborations with National and International Administrations. He has developed widely applied projects financed by the programs of research and development of private companies, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the European Union.

Prof. Donald Wilhite. The ongoing challenge of Dr. Wilhite’s work is convincing policy makers of the advantages of drought preparedness plans and mitigation actions and programs, in contrast to the more typical crisis management approach. Policy makers often do not understand drought climatology, and scientists have trouble providing probability-based information in a format that non-scientists can comprehend. Risk-based drought management can eliminate or reduce many of the impacts associated with drought-induced water shortages. Governments at all levels should take a multidisciplinary, interagency approach to drought planning as pressure on water and other natural resources increases as a result of increasing and shifting population and many other factors. Dr. Wilhite directs the National Drought Mitigation Center and the International Drought Information Center. He is a professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he has been on the faculty since 1977. His research centers on drought management and preparedness, the policy implications of climate variability and climate change, and the effects of climate on society. In conjunction with this research, he has conducted training seminars and workshops in developing and developed countries to help governments create drought plans.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Drought Monitoring as a Component of Drought Preparedness Planning

    Wilhite, Donald A.

    Pages 3-19

  • Soft Law Principles for Improving Drought Management in Mediterranean Countries

    López-Barrero, Esther (et al.)

    Pages 21-35

  • A Checklist for Drought Policy Development

    Tsiourtis, Nicos X.

    Pages 37-41

  • An Environmental Focus on Drought: The Water Framework Directive

    Marcos, Abel La Calle

    Pages 43-54

  • Guidelines to Develop Drought Management Plans

    Iglesias, Ana (et al.)

    Pages 55-65

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9045-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9044-8
  • with online files
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-8952-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems
Book Subtitle
Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean
Editors
  • Carlos A Iglesias
  • Luis Garrote
  • Antonio Cancelliere
  • Francisco Cubillo
  • Donald A. Wilhite
Series Title
Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research
Series Volume
26
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9045-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9045-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9044-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8952-4
Series ISSN
1878-9897
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 320
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