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Title: Drought
Authors: Hollins, SE
Dodson, JR
Keywords: Droughts
Natural disasters
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2013
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Hollins, S., & Dodson, J. (2013). Droghts. In P. T. Bobrowsky (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Encyclopedia of Earth Science Series 2013 (pp. 189-197).doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_98
Abstract: Drought is a severe natural hazard that affects more people than any other natural disaster. It is usually only recognized as a natural hazard when social, economic, or environmental impacts become apparent. Drought is different from many other natural hazards in that it lacks easily identified onsets and terminations (Maybank et al., 1995). It is also unusual in that it is a hazard of scarcity rather than one of excess. Drought is a natural, recurring pattern of climate that occurs within nearly all climatic regions. However, it is not just a physical phenomenon or natural event caused by changes in climatic conditions. Rather, drought results from a connection between the natural event of lower than expected precipitation, and the demand of human usage on water supplies (Wilhite, 2000). Anthropogenic activities can exacerbate the severity and impacts of drought, but within a natural variability range. © 2013, Springer.
Gov't Doc #: 5004
ISBN: 978-90-481-8699-0
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