Adaptation and adjustments in drought-prone areas: research directions

S. T. Sonka

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The role of social science research should be to assist societies in developing improved mechanisms to deal with drought. The discussion that follows attempts to raise a number of concerns about the more traditional means of evaluating drought's effect on society. The paper is divided into four segments. The first briefly reviews a portion of the extensive literature on drought and climate impact analysis. A number of common themes from those analyses that suggest a need for advancing research thrust are identified. The second section considers the derought problem from a decision-making perspective. Implications of this approach for understanding societal responses to drought are suggested. The decision-making framework is used as an underpinning for the paper's third section, which refers to implementation of that framework in a research approach. The potential for integrated quantitative models as a means to evaluate climate/human interactions is evaluated. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScientific reviews on arid zone research
EditorsH S Mann
PublisherScientific Publishers
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9788172330309
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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