Learning from South Africa's recent summer rainfall droughts : how might we think differently about response?

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dc.contributor.author Archer, E.R.M. (Emma)
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-01T09:54:37Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09
dc.description.abstract The 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 summer rainfall seasons in South Africa, as well as in the Southern African Development Community region more widely, are generally agreed to be the most severe droughts on record since those of the early 1980s and 1990s. Shortcomings of a more reactive approach to dealing with drought have been well covered in the literature, yet evolution in this regard remains slow. South Africa is currently in the midst of significant change at the local governmental level, as well as likely ongoing change at the national scale. As a result, this provides a potential opportunity to think differently about drought response, taking a longer term and more proactive view, also informed by longer term climate change projections. This commentary provides selected examples of where such an approach might be taken, concluding with hope for an expanded role for scientists in better informing response. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-09-01
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Natural Environment Research Council (NE/M02007X/1) en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/area en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Archer ERM. Learning from South Africa's recent summer rainfall droughts: How might we think differently about response? Area. 2019;51:603–608. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12547. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0004-0894 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1475-4762 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/area.12547
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71516
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article : Learning from South Africa's recent summer rainfall droughts: How might we think differently about response? Area. 2019;51:603–608. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12547. The definite version is available at : http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/area. en_ZA
dc.subject Climate variability en_ZA
dc.subject Drought en_ZA
dc.subject Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Changing climate en_ZA
dc.subject Summer rainfall en_ZA
dc.title Learning from South Africa's recent summer rainfall droughts : how might we think differently about response? en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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