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Local Perception of Drought Impacts in a Changing Climate: The Mega-Drought in Central Chile

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Department of Environmental Science and Natural Resources, University of Chile, Av. Santa Rosa 11.315, La Pintana, Santiago 8820808, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Center for Climate and Resilience Research, CR2, Blanco Encalada 2002, 4◦ Piso, Santiago 8370449, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Center for Disaster Risk Reduction, University of Chile, Diagonal Paraguay 265, Santiago 8820808, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Department of Psychology, University of Chile, Av. Capitán Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1045, Ñuñoa, Santiago 7750000, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Department of Anthropology, University of Chile, Av. Capitán Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1045, Ñuñoa, Santiago 7750000, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Department of Geophysics, University of Chile, Blanco Encalada 2002, 4◦ Piso, Santiago 8370449, Región Metropolitana, Chile
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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2053; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9112053
Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 31 October 2017 / Published: 11 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Droughts are a recurrent and complex natural hazard whose frequency and magnitude are expected to increase with climate change. Despite the advances in responding and adapting to droughts (with the development of new policies, for example), droughts continue to cause serious impacts and suffering. Developing well-targeted public policies requires further research on adaptation. Specifically, understanding the public perception of drought can help to identify drivers of and barriers to adaptation and options. This research seeks to understand the public perception of drought in central Chile in order to inform adaptation-related policies and decision-making processes. This study focused on the Mega-drought, which was a protracted dry spell afflicting central Chile since 2010. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception; climate change impacts; drought; adaptation policy and practice; Chile perception; climate change impacts; drought; adaptation policy and practice; Chile
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Aldunce, P.; Araya, D.; Sapiain, R.; Ramos, I.; Lillo, G.; Urquiza, A.; Garreaud, R. Local Perception of Drought Impacts in a Changing Climate: The Mega-Drought in Central Chile. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2053.

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