drought warning Articles

  • Persistent Drought Challenges Fracking

     Feature Article CleantechIQ.com - Executive Commentary Freshwater has historically been the base fluid essential for fracking, sweeping, and oil sands recovery because it has been abundant and readily available, and because of its low cost. Unfortunately, all of that is now changing due to a longer than expected global drought, and the industry is examining new options and ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • Early warning of disasters: Facts and figures

    Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more than US$1.5 billion, mainly in developing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Missing Link: Droughts, the Economy and Climate Change

    The effects of the vast drought afflicting America’s farm belt are rippling across the economy. Major companies apparently feeling the heat from rising crop prices include McDonald’s, Smithfield Foods and Arthur Daniels Midland, which processes agricultural commodities. More than half of ...

  • Using disaster warning tools to their best potential

    Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Why disaster warning and development go hand in hand

    To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Differences in Spatial Patterns of Drought on Different Time Scales: An Analysis of the Iberian Peninsula

    The differences in spatial patterns of drought over a range of time scales were analysed by the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI). In a climatic area with a wide range of precipitation characteristics (the Iberian Peninsula), Pearson III distribution is flexible enough to calculate the drought index on different time scales. The Pearson III distribution was adapted to precipitation ...


    By Springer

  • Acting on disaster warnings: Don`t miss the human factor

    We need to understand why some people act on early warnings while others ignore them, says disaster preparedness specialist Sudhir Kumar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March 2011 challenged global ideas about responding to disasters. It showed that structural defences alone, such as breakwaters, coastal dykes and tidal barriers, cannot provide protection ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Improving drought risk modelling: using multiple periods of satellite data with ensembles of data mining algorithms

    This paper describes improvements to the Vegetation Outlook (VegOut) model developed by the National Drought Mitigation Center for the USA. VegOut provides early drought warning by predicting general vegetation conditions at multiple time steps (e.g., 2–, 4– and 6–week outlooks). VegOut integrates climate, biophysical, oceanic, and satellite–based vegetation data with data mining algorithms to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Emergency logistics and risk mitigation in Thailand following the Asian tsunami

    A series of recent natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, droughts) and man-made crises (civil unrest, war, political disturbance) have highlighted the vulnerability of communities to unstable conditions. Reaching displaced people in crisis conditions is heavily dependent on the effectiveness of the supply chain and its management systems. Disaster responses have been modelled into, for example, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The connection between climate change and recent extreme weather events

    What do we know about the connection between climate change and recent extreme weather events, such as the heat waves, drought, and fires? Scientists agree that climate change has already primed the pump for extreme weather events: A recent report by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists compared the rising risk of extreme weather events to a baseball ...

  • Learning lessons from wildfires, from Texas to Brazil

    “This is unprecedented fire behavior. We’ve never seen conditions like this before. Not a single one of our firefighters has ever faced such extreme conditions.” This statement from the director of the Texas Forest Service makes it clear that the recent wildfires that scorched Texas belong in a new category of disaster. Already, the state’s wildfires this season ...

  • Nigeria `must close climate change communication gap`

    Nigeria must close a "communication gap" to ensure that vital information on climate change-related events reaches all those who could use it to help minimise their impact, the head of the country's meteorological body has warned. Speaking at the yearly meeting of the African Science Academies, held ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • If the well runs dry — climate change adaptation and water document actions

    'Our water is shut off once or twice a month, sometimes more,' says Baris Tekin from his apartment in Besiktas, an historic district of Istanbul, where he lives with his wife and daughter. 'We have about 50 litres of bottled water in the apartment for washing and cleaning, just in case. If the water is off for a really long time we go to my father's place or to my wife's parents,' says Baris, an ...

  • IPCC 5th Assessment Affirms Human Impact on Climate Change; Impacts Mounting Faster

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Working Group 1 (WG1) portion of its fifth assessment of climate change. Following a review of the most recent authoritative scientific evidence, the WG1 report focuses on the physical science of our climate system and climate change. Representing ...

  • Water Level Measurement Network Polder Monitoring Areas - Case Study

    Project name Water Level Measurement Network Polder Monitoring Areas Client Rijnland District Water Control Board Country The Netherlands Background and aim project Chris van Vliet (team leader of Sample Taking at HHRS of Rijnland) explains why this project was carried out: “The most ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • Integrating water with climate change adaptation plans

    This policy brief, published by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, argues that water resource management should not be overlooked in plans for climate change adaptation in Africa. Africa is vulnerable to climate change impacts which ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Ocean Thermal Energy conversion and the company bringing it to market: peace for our children

    Two centuries ago, U.S. President John Adams advised us of the importance of observing our world with clear eyes, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes and passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Though there are some facts we all would rather not face, one of those unpleasant truths is that there are places in the world where the need for ...

  • 5 Growing Extreme Weather Threats to America’s Cities

    Weather events have been dominating the news recently thanks to the “polar vortex” that caused record cold temperatures across the nation. But just a few months ago, the news was filled with other events: record rain and flooding in Colorado; destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma; widespread drought in the Southwest; and the sluggish recovery from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey. Unlike ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Northamptonshire County Council - Storm case study

    The Issue It is a common perception amongst homeowners living away from rivers or coastal areas or when there are periods of drought and water shortages that the risk of flooding is not possible. However, the hottest and driest weather conditions are often preceded by thunderstorms or flash flooding. In urban areas, heavy rainfall over dry land with poor absorption increases run-off, ...


    By Casella

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