A thousand years of drought and climatic variability in Kansas: Implications for water resources management

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2012

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Droughts impact both surface- and ground-water resources and often result in reductions in water supply and crop failure particularly in agriculturally sensitive areas such as the High Plains of western Kansas. This region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to drought due to a variety of factors including the increased cultivation of marginal lands and the increased use of ground-water resources from the High Plains aquifer (Woodhouse and Overpeck, 1998), where water withdrawal has exceeded recharge for many years (e.g. McGuire, 2009).

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  • Report

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  • critical issues, database publication, drought, water availability, kansas