Drought, risk management, and policy: lessons from the drought science-policy interface

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff (2013) Drought, risk management, and policy: lessons from the drought science-policy interface. In: Drought, risk management, and policy: decision-making under uncertainty. Drought and Water Crises. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, FL. United States, pp. 197-202. ISBN 978-1-4398-7629-9

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Scientists and policy makers in Australia and the United States face very similar challenges in the management of drought risk. Compared with other drought-affected countries, both have the relative luxury that drought is not accompanied by famine and is rarely a matter of life and death. Both nations seek to manage drought risk from within federal structures, which come with their own political, bureaucratic, and constitutional challenges. And both struggle with the difficulty, common to many liberal democracies, of managing the science/policy/citizen interface. This collection has sought to explore the issues that face both policy makers and scientists, including social scientists, associated with the uncertainty that drought, and in the longer-term climate change, bring to human activities that depend on water. We have brought together scientific experts, policy advisers, and contributors who have operated at the interface between science and policy in an attempt to unpack the complexities of developing societal responses to drought that are sustainable environmentally, socially, and economically. We believe that the mix of backgrounds and experience of our contributors provides a particularly rich perspective on these issues as it combines the findings of the theoretically informed research-based scholarly literature with the realities of the practitioner on the ground who seeks to influence and improve community capacity to deal with the phenomenon of drought.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2013 04:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: government response; drought; policy; risk management; natural hazards; Australia; United States
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23906

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