Gradation of Drought-Prone Area

Authored by: Never Mujere , Xiaohua Yang , Saeid Eslamian

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731027
eBook ISBN: 9781315404219
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315404219-31

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Abstract

Drought is a recurring feature of the climate system. It is one of the major weather-related disasters, persisting over months or even years. Droughts affect different parts of the world to varying degrees every year. They have a major impact on rural livelihoods with the effects lingering long after the actual event. The impacts not only depend on the severity, duration, and spatial extent of the precipitation deficit, but they also to a large extent depend on the socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability of the affected regions.

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