Monday, November 24, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

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Free Webinar Nov. 19 -- Drought Planning Toolbox: State Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation

Register now  for a free webinar, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. EST, presented by the National Collaborative of State Planners. (1.5 AICP CM credits pending)

What can planners at the state, regional and national levels do to prepare for drought? This webinar focuses on techniques for mitigation and adaptation to drought through collaboration among planners, water engineers, water consumers and natural resource experts. Speakers include John W. Balay, manager of the Planning and Operations Program at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission; Debbie Davis-Franco, the community and rural affairs adviser and local drought liaison in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in California; and Taryn Finnessey, who works on climate change adaptation and natural hazard risk management for the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Participants will learn from speakers about adopted drought plans, key elements of mitigation and adaptation and about how collaboration and intergovernmental coordination is essential for successful resilience efforts. Download the flyer to learn more.


Ranchers encouraged to become spotters for U.S. Drought Monitor

Nov 13, 2014
Farmers and ranchers attending a drought workshop at UC Davis learned that their participation is key to making sure data displayed on U.S. Drought Monitor maps is accurate.
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October 2014 Drought and Impact Summary now out

Nov 5, 2014

October brought slight net improvement to drought in the U.S., but no change in California, which is in the grips of a long-term drought. Drought intensified slightly in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Water supply issues for domestic consumption, agriculture and wildlife remained at the forefront in California, Texas and other parts of the West that are in drought.

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The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out

Oct 31, 2014



The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out, with stories on:

  • U.S. drought, July-September
  • Drought impact summary, July-September
  • Upcoming events:
    • Nov. 4 webinar: Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?
    • Nov. 5-7 workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska: Community Capitals Framework Institute
    • Nov. 7, UC Davis workshop and webinar: Ranching and California’s Drought
    • Jan. 15-March 19, Lincoln, Nebraska: Climate Masters
  • Brazil’s drought monitoring and planning
  • Greater Horn of Africa workshop on user needs for drought and flood prediction
  • NDMC visiting scholar Haileselassie G. Weldemariam
  • Ranching workshops coming up for South Plains
  • Ranching workshops completed in South Dakota
  • Wind River Reservation tribes begin drought monitoring and planning
  • Inter Tribal Buffalo Council begins planning for drought
The photo at the top of the page, by Don DeBold shows Sandy Wool Lake, near San Jose, California, on Aug. 31, 2014. The area is currently in exceptional drought. Reprinted under CC BY 2.0.

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National Drought Mitigation Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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3310 Holdrege Street
P.O. Box 830988
Lincoln, NE 68583–0988

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phone: (402) 472–6707
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