Drought

Alberta is no stranger to severe weather. Albertans are well acquianted with flood, drought, fire, hail, and snow. This section explores causes, impacts, and mitigation methods for severe weather events.

Drought in Hindsight

What is Drought?

In the simplest terms, drought is the absence of water over an extended period of time. There are different ways drought can occur, and for this reason, there are four different definitions of drought. Drought is something that happens slowly, and as “persistent and abnormal moisture deficiency” continues, ecosystems, people and the economy can be adversely impacted.

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Drought Mitigation

Drought mitigation aims to: 

  • anticipate these and other known impacts, 
  • create response plans before droughts hit, and 
  • increase overall preparedness to address new or unanticipated impacts as they arise.

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Drought in Hindsight

The value of knowledge sharing cannot be underestimated, and we can learn a great deal from the Australian experience to inform Alberta’s approach to water management now and in the future. This series of profiles shares knowledge and experiences from people who lived and worked in the Millennium Drought in Australia.

Read different perspectives on drought.