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- DescriptionAustralia and the United States face very similar challenges in dealing with drought. Both countries cover a range of biophysical conditions, both are federations that provide considerable responsibility to state governments for water and land management, and both face the challenges in balancing rural industry and urban development, especially in relation to the allocation of water. Yet there are critical differences in their approaches to drought science and policy. Drought, Risk Management, and Policy: Decision Making under Uncertainty explores the complex relationship between scientific research and decision making with respect to drought in Australia and the United States. Risk Management, t Crisis Management Drawing on the work of respected academic researchers and policy practitioners, the book discusses the issues associated with decision making under uncertainty and the perspectives, needs, and expectations of scientists, policy makers, and resource users. Starting from the position that drought is a risk to be managed, it considers the implications of the predicted impacts of future climate change. The book also examines the policy responses to these challenges and the role of scientific input into the policy process. Contributors look at drought risk management in action and how end users in the community incorporate drought science into their decision making. The book concludes with lessons learned about science, policy, and managing uncertainty. Get Insight into the Relationship between Science and Policy-and How to Turn That into More Effective Decision Making Throughout, the contributors identify possible reasons for differences in the use and application of drought sciences and approach to policy between the two countries, offering valuable insight into the relationship between scientific advice and the policy process. They also highlight the challenges faced at the science-policy interface. Crossing international borders and disciplinary boundaries, this timely collection tackles drought policy development as part of the broader discussion about climate change. Although the focus is on Australia and the United States, many of the lessons learned are relevant for any country dealing with drought.
- Author BiographyDr. Linda Botterill is a professor in Australian public policy in the Faculty of Business, Government & Law at the University of Canberra. Her research interest is the policy development process, particularly the role of values in the policy process with a focus on rural policy. She is widely published in public policy and political science journals and is the author or coeditor of several books. Geoff Cockfield is a professor in politics and economics and a research associate in the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments at the University of Southern Queensland. Geoff worked in agricultural industries and rural journalism before starting an academic career. With Linda Botterill, he has edited a book on the National Party of Australia and produced a number of articles on agricultural policy in Australia.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication16/01/2013
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleDrought and Water Crises
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Place of PublicationBosa Roca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCRC Press Inc
- Content Note11 black & white illustrations, 9 black & white tables
- Weight453 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byGeoff Cockfield,Linda Courtenay Botterill
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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