Drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

A Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Country Perspective

  • Kurt Schwabe
  • Jose Albiac
  • Jeffery D. Connor
  • Rashid M. Hassan
  • Liliana Meza González

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Kurt Schwabe, Jose Albiac, Jeffery D. Connor, Rashid Hassan, Liliana Meza-Gonzalez
    Pages 1-21
  3. Agronomy, Irrigation Technology, and Water Supply

  4. Ecological Impacts of Drought

  5. Hydrology and Water Resource Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Joaquin Andreu, Javier Ferrer-Polo, M. Angel Pérez, Abel Solera, Javier Paredes-Arquiola
      Pages 237-249
    3. J. T. Vahrmeijer, J. G. Annandale, K. L. Bristow, J. M. Steyn, M. Holland
      Pages 251-268
    4. Mac Kirby, Francis Chiew, Mohammed Mainuddin, Bill Young, Geoff Podger, Andy Close
      Pages 281-299
    5. Ali Mirchi, Kaveh Madani, Maurice Roos, David W. Watkins
      Pages 301-319
  6. Economic Considerations and Drought

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Jose Albiac, Encarna Esteban, Javier Tapia, Eliseo Rivas
      Pages 323-339
    3. Josué Medellín-Azuara, Richard E. Howitt, Jay R. Lund
      Pages 341-356
  7. Water Management and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 391-391
    2. Liliana Meza González, Alejandro Guevara Sanginés, José Alberto Lara Pulido
      Pages 393-408
    3. Miguel Ángel García-Vera, Rogelio Galván-Plaza
      Pages 409-424
    4. David Dreverman, Murray-Darling Basin Authority/David Dreverman
      Pages 425-435
    5. John V. Rossi, Nora K. Verceles, Michele M. Underwood, Maria S. Mercardante
      Pages 437-450
  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. K. Schwabe, J. Albiac, J. Andreu, J. Ayers, N. Caiola, P. Hayman et al.
      Pages 471-507

About this book


Offering a cross-country examination and comparison of drought awareness and experience, this book shows how scientists, water managers, and policy makers approach drought and water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions of Spain, Mexico, Australia, South Africa and the United States.


Efficiently mitigating or coping with the effects of drought requires an understanding of the biophysical aspects of drought, including the hydrologic and ecologic elements, as well as the technical, economic, and policy aspects.  Therefore, the editors have gathered an international group of expert contributors from a wide span of disciplines, including agronomy, ecology, economics, hydrology and irrigation technology. The book arises from a 2010 conference entitled International Drought Symposium: Integrating Science and Policy, which was organized by the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California-Riverside.


The contents are organized in broad sections: Agronomy, Irrigation Technology, and Water Supply; Ecological Impacts of Drought; Hydrology and Water Resource Systems; Economic Considerations and Drought and Water Management and Policy. The concluding section provides an in-depth comparison of drought experiences, descriptions and methods highlighting different approaches and experiences from integral disciplines across a multitude of countries. It is the editors’ intention to enhance our understanding of the ways that physical, institutional and economic factors impact the effectiveness of one policy instrument relative to another.


Drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions: A Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Country Perspective goes a long way toward improving our fundamental understanding of the interactions between physical impacts of drought, and the effectiveness of mitigation policies on the economic consequences of droughts.


Drought awareness drought and water management policy economic factors environmental impacts water scarcity

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt Schwabe
    • 1
  • Jose Albiac
    • 2
  • Jeffery D. Connor
    • 3
  • Rashid M. Hassan
    • 4
  • Liliana Meza González
    • 5
  1. 1., Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.CITA-DGA, Department of Agricultural EconomicsAgrifood Research and Technology CentreZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems – UrrbraeGlen OsmondAustralia
  4. 4.Centre for Environmental Economics and P, Agricultural EconomicsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  5. 5., Department of EconomicsIbero-American UniversityMexico CityMexico

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