chapter  10
30 Pages

The Scientists and Drought

So far this book has tried to show how an extensive scientific knowledge of the phenomenon of drought has been created over the years through community knowledge and the work of academics, business and government reports and inquiries. However, that knowledge has not yet led to a complete understanding of the phenomenon and, as a result, each new drought still tends to be greeted with what can only be described as indignant surprise (Heathcote 1969). To try to explain this inadequacy, we need to ask the question whether the study of drought has itself influenced the nature of scientific enquiry and whether from that study have come questions for the basic tenets of scientific enquiry in general and specifically for the mitigation of drought impacts upon society.