Drought monitoring: Historical and current perspectives

Michael J. Hayes, Mark D. Svoboda, Brian D. Wardlow, Martha C. Anderson, Felix Kogan

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Drought is a normal, recurring feature of climate throughout the world, with characteristics and impacts that can vary from region to region. Figure 1.1 illustrates the regular occurrence of drought within the United States between 1895 and 2010 with approximately 14% of the country, on average (plotted by black dotted line), experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions during any given year. Drought conditions can persist in a region for several years, as occurred in the United States in the 1930s, 1950s, and early 2000s, and tree ring and other proxy records confirm that multiple-year droughts are part of the long-term climate history for the United States and most other regions around the world (Woodhouse and Overpeck, 1998; Dai et al., 2004; Jansen et al., 2007). Drought has wide-ranging impacts on many sectors of society (e.g., agriculture, economics, ecosystems services, energy, human health, recreation, and water resources) and ranks among the most costly of.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRemote Sensing of Drought
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Monitoring Approaches
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781439835609
ISBN (Print)9781439835579
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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