Drought as Stress for Plants, Irrigation and Climatic Changes

  • Ľ. JuríkEmail author
  • T. Kaletová
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 70)


Drought by itself cannot be considered a disaster. However, if its impacts on local people, economies and the environment are severe and their ability to cope with and recover from it is difficult, it should be considered as a disaster. Droughts and floods are a recognizable category of natural risk. Hydrological assessments of drought impacts require detailed characteristics. We propose a new conceptual framework for drought identification in landscape with agricultural use. We described hydrological drought characteristics with impacts at the agricultural landscape and food security and the issues related to drought water management. In the past, the Slovak Republic was not considered a country immediately threatened with drought. The situation had changed at the turn of the millennium, especially after the extreme weather conditions in 2014 and also in 2015, when, for example, the historical minima were recorded.


Anthropogenic influences Climate change Disposable water resources Ecosystem Landscape evapotranspiration Moisture demand of crops Stress Water deficit 



This chapter was supported by the following grants and projects:

  • APVV-16-0278: Use of hydromelioration structures for mitigation of the negative extreme hydrological phenomena effects and their impacts on the quality of water bodies in agricultural landscapes

  • KEGA 028SPU-4/2017: Monitoring of elements of environment—practical course


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape EngineeringSlovak University of Agriculture in NitraNitraSlovakia

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