The Application of Social Science Analyses to the Problem of Urban Drought

by Benedykt Dziegielewski, Southern Illinois Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


Past drought experiences have shown that extra storage capacity does not necessarily ensure against economic losses related to droughts. Since managers of water systems do not know the length and severity of drought, they usually take some emergency actions in order to minimize the risk of running out of water. These emergency actions often involve restrictions in water use and/or actions aimed at increasing supply, both of which lead to monetary losses. This paper summarizes the development of a broader approach to planning for droughts which incorporates a range of concepts and analytical techniques of social sciences.

Subject Headings: Emergency management | Municipal water | Water resources | Droughts | Hydrologic models | Water supply systems | Urban areas | Optimization models

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