Analysis of short-term droughts in Oklahoma
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 17, pages 157–161, 29 April 2003
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2003), Analysis of short-term droughts in Oklahoma, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(17), 157–161, doi:10.1029/2003EO170001., and (
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- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
The impacts of drought—an unavoidable threat worldwide—are felt in many ways, but mainly in the form of depleted water resources, reduced agricultural yields, and increased livestock fatality rates. Agricultural communities are especially susceptible to short-term drought (less than 6 months) impacts because production of non-irrigated crops is dependent on rainfall and soil moisture reserves. As such, short-term droughts can be responsible for financial disasters to economies that depend heavily on agriculture. Long-term droughts (lasting 6 months or more) affect regions by further depleting surface and groundwater levels.