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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Hydrologic Cycle and Drought
2. Global Hydroclimatology
3. Drought in the Climate System
4. Drought and Hydroclimate in the Holocene
5. Climate Change and Drought
6. Case Studies: The Dust Bowl and Sahel Droughts
7. Land Degradation and Desertification
8. Groundwater and Irrigation

About the Author

Benjamin I. Cook is a research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He also teaches on drought and climate science in Columbia's School of Professional Studies.


This book presents an interesting, multidisciplinary perspective on the various dimensions of drought, which is a complex natural hazard of global importance. -- Brian Wardlow, director and professor, Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Drought, aridity, and hydroclimatic stress are major concerns worldwide, and climate change is already making the situation worse. This book provides a foundation that many-whether interested in the basic science, the human impacts, or the impacts on natural systems-will find useful. Rarely are relevant insights from the recent geologic past woven together so well with knowledge gained from the instrumental and satellite era to illuminate the challenges that lie ahead. The evidence provided in this book highlights how serious the threat to both humans and nature will be. A must-read. -- Jonathan T. Overpeck, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor and Samuel A. Graham Dean of the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability
Cook's tome is a first-principles, comprehensive, and up-to-date exposition of drought, including its drivers and consequences, by a major player working at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary science. The book is perfectly organized, written, and illustrated, with the early chapters on hydrology and climate laying the needed groundwork for the reader to truly appreciate the later chapters on the history and future of drought and its impacts. In my estimation, this is easily the most important and useful book ever published on the phenomenon of drought. -- Julio L. Betancourt, visiting scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

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