Drought management and decison-making

Parry, Simon; Chitson, Thomas; Pandey, Rajendra Prasad; Hannaford, Jamie ORCID: 2021 Drought management and decison-making. In: Sarkar, Sunita; Dixon, Harry ORCID:, (eds.) Emerging science for sustainable water resource management: a guide for water professionals and practitioners in India. Wallingford, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 34-43.

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Chapter 4. Droughts are high impact natural disasters that affect populations around the world, and there is evidence of droughts becoming more severe. India is already a drought vulnerable country. With nearly half of the population employed in agriculture, drought events can have devastating impacts on society. A range of approaches to characterise, monitor and predict droughts to enhance resilience to the hazard are required. As in other regions, drought indicators have a vital role to play in enabling drought to be identified and declared, and the severity of drought conditions to be quantified. A cornerstone of drought mitigation in India is the ‘Manual for Drought Management 2016’, a framework which outlines the process by which welfare assistance is initiated according to a combination of drought indicators, severity level, and declarations. The Manual provides considerable flexibility for how the indicators should be applied in practice to support drought declaration. In this chapter, the current status of drought indicators, globally, is outlined, and the importance of having robust and validated drought indicators to enhance drought decision-making is demonstrated using a case study in Maharashtra.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISBN: 9781906698768
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NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 25 Dec 2021 13:17 +0 (UTC)

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