Date of Award:

12-2018

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Ecology

Committee Chair(s)

Jacopo Baggio

Committee

Jacopo Baggio

Committee

Jordan Smith

Committee

Jennifer Givens

Abstract

In most parts of the world, drought is an inevitable and natural occurrence. However, as the climate continues to warm, and populations grow and expand, the negative impacts of this extreme weather event are predicted to become more pronounced. This leads many communities and stakeholders to question what is being done to prepare society for widespread drought? The following research determines different social and atmospheric characteristics that affect a city’s likelihood of having a drought policy in place.To do this, a thorough search was conducted at the city level to determine where drought policies are currently located in theU.S. The search included all U.S. cities with a population greater than 100,000. Policies and city plans were identified using a list of search terms ranging from “drought” and “water conservation” to “climate mitigation”. By identifying locations where these policies are currently in place this study explores commonalities between cities that have and have not implemented drought management plans.

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