Document Server@UHasselt >
Research >
Research publications >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22564

Title: Vulnerability Assessment Models to Drought: Toward a Conceptual Framework
Authors: Zarafshani, Kiumars
Sharafi, Lida
Azadi, Hossein
Van Passel, Steven
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: SUSTAINABILITY, 8(6) (ART N° 588)
Abstract: Drought is regarded as a slow-onset natural disaster that causes inevitable damage to water resources and to farm life. Currently, crisis management is the basis of drought mitigation plans, however, thus far studies indicate that effective drought management strategies are based on risk management. As a primary tool in mitigating the impact of drought, vulnerability assessment can be used as a benchmark in drought mitigation plans and to enhance farmers' ability to cope with drought. Moreover, literature pertaining to drought has focused extensively on its impact, only awarding limited attention to vulnerability assessment as a tool. Therefore, the main purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework for designing a vulnerability model in order to assess farmers' level of vulnerability before, during and after the onset of drought. Use of this developed drought vulnerability model would aid disaster relief workers by enhancing the adaptive capacity of farmers when facing the impacts of drought. The paper starts with the definition of vulnerability and outlines different frameworks on vulnerability developed thus far. It then identifies various approaches of vulnerability assessment and finally offers the most appropriate model. The paper concludes that the introduced model can guide drought mitigation programs in countries that are impacted the most by drought.
Notes: [Zarafshani, Kiumars; Sharafi, Lida] Razi Univ, Dept Agr Extens & Educ, Kermanshah 6714967346, Iran. [Azadi, Hossein] Univ Liege, Gembloux Agrobio Tech, Econ & Rural Dev, B-4000 Liege, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein; Van Passel, Steven] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Agoralaan Bldg D, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein] Univ Ghent, Dept Geog, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Van Passel, Steven] Univ Antwerp, Dept Engn Management, Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22564
DOI: 10.3390/su8060588
ISI #: 000378776800084
ISSN: 2071-1050
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
Appears in Collections: Research publications

Files in This Item:

Description SizeFormat
published version1.18 MBAdobe PDF

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.