December 16, 2009

Drought Management and Planning for Water Resources

While droughts are most common in warm, arid regions, there frequency in more temperate, fertile areas is increasing. While scientists offer many explanations for the shift in rainfall patterns from El Nino to global warming, the unpredictability of these changes makes managing droughts and their effects on water resources quite a challenge. This book is a collection of essays that provide strategies and techniques for mitigating the effects of droughts and effectively managing water resources. These strategies emphasize the need to use potable water sources wisely, minimizing wasted water, reusing water when possible, and maximizing treatment of conventional and marginal sources. They also encourage desalination and the extraction of groundwater. In addition to providing tools for water management during drought conditions, this book discusses ideas that can also be applied to regions where water resources are becoming insufficient to serve the population, specifically the American west, Middle East, and other areas within the developing world. Essays explore legal and administrative requirements of water distribution networks, drought alert systems, and proactive ways to reduce drought effects.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Drought Management and Planning for Water Resources
ed. by Joaquin Andreu, Guiseppe Rossi, Federico Vagliasindi, and Alicia Vela
TD 345 .D76 2006