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Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America

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Vulnerability and Adaptation

Harry Diaz (Editor)
Margot Hurlbert (Editor)
Jim Warren (Editor)
978-1-55238-821-1 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-822-8 (ePub)
978-1-55238-823-5 (mobi)
$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD
384 pages
30 Figures, 22 tables, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
July 2016


About the Book: 

Although there is considerable historical literature describing the social and economic impact of drought on the prairies in the 1930s, little has been written about the challenges presented by drought in more contemporary times. The drought of 2001-02 was, for example, the most recent large-area, intense, and prolonged drought in Canada and one of Canada's most costly natural disasters in a century.

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought describes the impacts of droughts and the adaptations made in prairie agriculture over recent decades. These adaptations have enhanced the capacity of rural communities to withstand drought. However, despite the high levels of technical adaptation that have occurred, and the existing human capital and vibrant social and information networks, agricultural producers in the prairie region remain vulnerable to severe droughts that last more than a couple of years. Research findings and projections suggest that droughts could become more frequent, more severe, and of longer duration in the region over the course of the 21st century. This book provides insights into the conditions generating these challenges and the measures required to reduce vulnerability of prairie communities to them. Developing greater understanding of the social forces and conditions that have contributed to enhanced resilience, as well as those which detract from successful adaptation, is a principal theme of the book. To that end, the book examines drought through an interdisciplinary lens encompassing climate science and the social sciences. Two of the chapters are based on the drought experiences of other countries in order to provide a comparative assessment.

With contributions by:
Jose Armando Boninsegna
Barrie Bonsal
Darrell Corkal
Amber Fletcher
Monica Hadarits
Tom Harrison
Margot Hurlbert
Samantha Kerr
Erin Knuttila
Suren Kulshreshta
Gregory Marchildon
Elma Montana
Bruce Morito
Jeremy Pittman
Alejandro Rojas
David Sauchyn
Paula Santibanez
Johanna Wandel
James Warren
Virginia Wittrock
Elaine Wheaton

About the Author(s): 

Dr. Harry Diaz is a Professor of Sociology and Social Studies and former Director of the Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) at the University of Regina. His fields of research include adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, water scarcities, and environmental governance. He has participated in several projects dealing with the impacts of climate on the rural sector in Canada and Latin America.

Dr. Margot Hurlbert is an Associate Professor jointly appointment in the Department of Justice Studies and Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina.  Her fields of research include adaptive governance, water – energy - food nexus, social learning and community engagement.  She has participated in several projects dealing with the impacts of climate and institutional governance in Canada and Latin America.

Dr. James Warren is a policy and communications consultant specializing in water governance and management issues. He lectures in environmental sociology and management communications at the University of Regina.