The Drought and Humanitarian Crisis in Central and Southwest Asia: A Climate Perspective

Published By: International Research Institute | Published Date: January, 01 , 2011

A persistent multi-year drought in Central and Southwest Asia has affected close to 60 million people as of November 2001. Chronic political instability in many parts of this region and the recent military action in Afghanistan have further complicated the situation. This report provides a climatic perspective on the severity and spatial extent of the ongoing drought and its social and economic impacts. The target audience for this report includes national, regional and international policymakers, humanitarian relief agencies, members of the research community as well as others with a general interest in Central and Southwest Asia and the causes and consequences of the persistent drought in the region. The report discusses underlying climatic mechanisms that might explain the causes for the persistent drought, and presents seasonal climate forecasts and their implications for the region.

Author(s): Bradfield Lyon, Heidi Cullen, Mathew Barlow, Shardul Agrawala | Posted on: Jun 24, 2016 | Views()

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