Drought monitoring and early warning: Twenty-first century advancements and challenges

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Water crises were identified as the top global risk facing society over the next 10 years according to a recent survey of 750 of the world’s leading economists (World Economic Forum 2016). As a normal natural hazard in most climates, drought will compound these crises and play a fundamental direct or indirect role in water stress issues occurring around the world, particularly given that droughts are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as a consequence of climate change (Glotter and Elliott 2016). Water stress issues are prevalent across the United States. For example, increasing growth and development continue to strain water supplies not only for the major metropolitan areas of the arid West but also for metropolitan areas in the relatively humid eastern 142United States. Issues surrounding shared water resources across international boundaries, such as the Colorado and Rio Grande river basins between the United States and Mexico, and the Great Lakes and Columbia River basins between the United States and Canada, will also continue to grow. Therefore, because of serious drought impacts on water resource-related issues, planning for and responding effectively to future droughts is critically important within the United States and around the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDrought and Water Crises
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Science, Management, and Policy, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351967525
ISBN (Print)9781138035645
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Engineering


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