Historical droughts in Georgia and drought assessment and management
Stooksbury, David Emory
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The understanding and use of past climate information is key to proper drought mitigation and water management planning. Since 1960, Georgia’s population has increased from near 4 million inhabitants to over 8 million while the water resources have remained constant. Until the 1998-2002 drought, most Georgians had not experienced a major Georgia drought. However, 13 longterm, severe droughts have impacted the state over the past 325 years. The Policy Statement on Climate Variability and Change by the American Association of State Climatologists gives guidance on using climate information in decision making processes.