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Science & Technology Libraries (2013) 32: 30-44. DOI: 10.1080/0194262X.2012.758551.


Copyright 2013, Taylor & Francis. Used by permission.


Drought is a hot topic, given the climatic events of summer 2012 in the United States. This article provides a fundamental understanding of drought—its definitions, classifications, ratings, and impact on agriculture. Also included are introductions to drought-related research areas in the geosciences—specifically geology, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences—as well as pointers to reliable sources of information about drought from the agricultural and geosciences literature.