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Agricultural vulnerability to drought in southern Alberta : a quantitative assessment

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dc.contributor.advisor Xu, Wei
dc.contributor.author Ren, Xiaomeng
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-24T21:03:41Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-24T21:03:41Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/398
dc.description xii, 127 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Agricultural vulnerability is generally referred to as the degree to which agricultural systems are likely to experience harm due to a stress. In this study, an existing analytical method to quantify vulnerability was adopted to assess the magnitude as well as the spatial pattern of agricultural vulnerability to varying drought conditions in Southern Alberta. Based on the farm reported data and remote sensing imagery, two empirical approaches were developed to implement vulnerability assessment in Southern Alberta at the quarter-section and 30 meter by 30 meter pixel levels. Cereal crop yield and the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) were specified as the agricultural wellbeing and stress pair in the study. Remote sensing data were used to generate cereal crop yield estimations, which were then implemented in vulnerability quantification. The utility of the remote sensing data source for vulnerability assessment were proved. The spatial pattern of agricultural vulnerability to different severity and duration of drought were mapped. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2007 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Droughts -- Alberta en
dc.subject Crops -- Effect of drought on -- Alberta en
dc.subject Agriculture -- Remote sensing en
dc.subject Droughts -- Remote sensing en
dc.title Agricultural vulnerability to drought in southern Alberta : a quantitative assessment en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en

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