Global Change and Regional Impacts

Water Availability and Vulnerability of Ecosystems and Society in the Semiarid Northeast of Brazil

  • Thomas Gaiser
  • Maarten Krol
  • Horst Frischkorn
  • Jose C. de Araújo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages XV-XV
    2. Thomas Gaiser, Luiz.G. R. Ferreira, Karl Stahr
      Pages 1-16
  3. Integrative Methods and Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Petra Döll, Maarten Krol, Dagmar Fuhr, Thomas Gaiser, Joachim Herfort, Sabine Höynck et al.
      Pages 19-41
    3. Maarten S. Krol, Ann-Kathrin Jaeger, Axel Bronstert
      Pages 43-56
  4. Natural and Socio-Economic Conditions in the States of Piauí and Ceará

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Peter C. Werner, Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe
      Pages 81-85
    3. Horst Frischkorn, José Carlos Araújo, Maria Marlúcia F. Santiago
      Pages 87-94
    4. Marcos José Nogueira de Souza, Vladia Pinto Vidal de Oliveira
      Pages 95-104
    5. Carlos Lineu Frota Bezerra, Eliedir Ribeiro da Cunha Trigueiro, Antonio Alberto Jorge Farias Castro, Antônio Sérgio Farias Castro
      Pages 105-116
    6. Antonio Alberto Jorge Farias Castro
      Pages 117-123
  5. Climate Scenarios and Climate Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe, Peter C. Werner
      Pages 137-151
    3. Uwe Böhm, Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarbe, Detlef Hauffe, Martin Kücken, Hermann Österle, Peter C. Werner
      Pages 153-170
  6. Water Availability, Water Management and Water Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Susanne Voerkelius, Christoph Külls, Maria Marlúcia F. Santiago, Horst Frischkorn, Ligia Alves dos Santos Semrau, Gerold Heinrichs et al.
      Pages 173-184
    3. Décio Frota, Margarita M. López Gil, Airton Ramalho, Francisco Dantas, Vladira Vieira
      Pages 185-191
    4. Horst Frischkorn, Maria Marlúcia F. Santiago, Markus Forster
      Pages 193-203
    5. José Carlos de Araújo, Lia Fernandes, José Christiano Machado Júnior, Márcia Regina Lima Oliveira, Tácito Cunha Sousa
      Pages 205-216
    6. José Nilson Beserra Campos, Ticiana Marinho de Carvalho Studart, Patrícia Freire Chagas
      Pages 229-238
    7. Petra Döll, Maike Hauschild, E. Mario Mendiondo, Jose Carlos De Araújo
      Pages 239-251
    8. José Carlos de Araújo, Cláudia Beghini Rodrigues Abreu, Cláudio Pacheco Barbosa, Elano Lamartine Leão Joca
      Pages 253-264
  7. Agricultural Productivity and Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Thomas Gaiser, Karl Stahr, Frieder Graef, Thomas H. Hilger, Luiz G. R. Ferreira
      Pages 267-278
    3. Joachim Herfort, Inacio de Barros, Luiz Gonzage Rebouças Ferreira, Thomas Gaiser, Leonhard Schneider, Bettina Bach et al.
      Pages 279-289
    4. Frank-Michael Lange, Dietrich Halm, Thomas Gaiser
      Pages 291-301
  8. Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Vládia Pinto Vidal de Oliveira, Andreas Printz, Stephan Schmidt, Carlos Lineu Frota Bezerra
      Pages 305-322
    3. Antonio Alberto Jorge Farias Castro, Andreas Printz, Maura Rejane de Araújo Mendes, Francisco de Assis Rodrigues Soares, José Orlando Soares Oliveira, Rigoberto Sousa Albino et al.
      Pages 323-333
    4. M. C. L. Sales, V. M. Ramos, J. G. B. de Oliveira
      Pages 335-345
  9. Economic and Socio-Cultural Analyses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Dagmar Fuhr, Martin Grebe, Andreas Döring, Francisco Matias da Rocha, Ernst-Dieter Lantermann
      Pages 349-360
    3. Bettina Bach, Maria Irles de Oliveira Mayorga, Jürgen Zeddies
      Pages 361-374
    4. José César Vieira Pinheiro, Luiz Artur Clemente da Silva, Marcelo Theophilo Folhes, Manuel-Osório de Lima Viana
      Pages 389-398
  10. Supporting Mathematical Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. C. A. Vidal, N. J. B. Cavalcante, J. C. Araújo, A. S. Silva, E. A. Silva
      Pages 401-410
    3. Mauro C. Pequeno, Clécio A. T. Fontelles, Valdísio Viana, Andréa Linhares, Kíssia Carvalho, Alinson Donato et al.
      Pages 411-424
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 425-429

About this book


Global climatic change will most likely affect natural resources and human living conditions in semiarid regions. This volume presents disciplinary as well as integrative methods to assess these impacts considering the interactions between climate variability and change, water availability, land-use systems, and quality of life. Taking the semiarid northeastern area of Brazil as an example, a wide range of expertise and knowledge (from integrated water analyses to transregional migration) is necessary to understand the complex relationship between natural and socio-economic systems. Tools to integrate this knowledge and make it available for the strategic planning of sustainable development are described. This book is a summary of the main research results and the presentations given at the final conference of the WAVES Program on June 25-26 2001 in Fortaleza (Brazil).

From the reviews:

"This book focuses on results from a joint German-Brazilian program (Water Availability and Vulnerability of Ecosystems and Society, or WAVES) to assess the socioeconomic impacts that global change will have on northeast Brazil. This book, divided into eight parts, describes the many factors that should be included in developing scenarios for future planning purposes. The book provides useful information concerning the complex multidisciplinary task of developing scenarios that can aid decision makers in formulating plans for sustainable development in an area that is highly vulnerable to climate variability and change. For someone who is unfamiliar with the semiarid northeast Brazil region, the book provides considerable useful background information." (Vernon E. Kousky, BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEORLOGICAL SOCIETY, December 2004)


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Gaiser
    • 1
  • Maarten Krol
    • 2
  • Horst Frischkorn
    • 3
  • Jose C. de Araújo
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Soil Science and Land EvaluationUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Departamento de Engenharia, Hidráulica e AmbientalUniversidade Federal do CearáFortaleza-CearáBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-62861-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55659-3
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