Meteorological Aspects of Drought

by Richard L. Eddy, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


This is an overview paper discussing meteorological aspects of drought, and it is part of the report of the Task Committee on Water Management During Droughts. Several drought definitions are discussed in order to develop a practical definition. The statement on drought of the American Meteorological Society is summarized. Several drought indices are discussed, and the Bureau of Reclamation's efforts to develop drought contingency plans are described. Some contributions that meteorologists can make to understanding and resolving drought problems are discussed. Finally, some comments are offered about possible changes in future drought patterns as a result of global warming.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Meteorology | Water management | Terminology and definition | Global warming | Water resources | Bureau of Reclamation | Climates

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