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Title:Meteorological drought and its social impact in Illinois
Author(s):Booth, Alfred W.; Voeller, Don
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Human dimensions
Social impacts of drought
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Drought invariably infers a shortage of moisture in one context or another, wherein a situation of stress evolves; and attempts have been made to develop a procedure whereby the relative and absolute impact of this phenomenon can be measured. It was proposed to test the validity of meteorological drought, as defined by the recently derived Palmer Index, by comparing the variability of drought in Illinois, as indicated by the index, with the effects of this phenomenon on various sectors of the State's society. The research was based on the hypothesis that the impact of drought on the social realm varies as drought severity varies. Due primarily to the lack of long-term, readily available data and of developed methodology for isolating the effects of natural phenomenon on man and his activities, little conclusive objective evidence was obtained; however, it appears that drought has variable impact: (1) from one sector of society to . another at a given time, (2) within the same sector of society in given areas at a given time, (3) in given sectors of society through space, and (4) through time on society as a whole, all because of the dynamic nature of man's culture which enables him to better cope with the vagaries of nature on the one hand and results in his becoming more susceptible to them on the other.
Issue Date:1967-03
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rights Information:Copyright 1967 held by Alfred W. Booth, Don Voeller
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-18

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