Presented by the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System
Please join us for a free monthly webinar series beginning in November that will explore current research and applications on drought impacts. Understanding impacts helps planners, decision makers and resource managers reduce vulnerability to future droughts.
The webinars, which start Nov. 6, are on Wednesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. Central time. Each will include:
- a focus on a specific effort to document drought impacts and the use of this information in decision-making
- discussion of NIDIS’ role in the emerging Impacts Community of Practice
- a chance to ask questions via chat
- other interactive elements.
Nov. 6, The Missing Piece and Field of Dreams
Kirsten Lackstrom, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), will provide an overview of drought impacts research, discussing “The Missing Piece,” the results of a workshop on drought impacts held in Tucson in March. Alison Meadow, Southwest Climate Science Center at the University of Arizona’s Institute for the Environment, will present an overview of her assessment of Arizona DroughtWatch, a drought impacts collection program, which is being published in an article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society called “Field of Dreams or Dream Team?”
Dec. 4, Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Approach to Impacts Assessment
Taryn Finnessey, Colorado Water Conservation Board, will talk about how the State of Colorado has incorporated impacts and vulnerability assessment into its drought preparedness and how that information has helped to shape mitigation actions and recommendations for current and future drought planning efforts.
Jan. 8, Citizen Science Observation Networks
Kirsten Lackstrom will describe CISA’s project to cultivate a network of drought impact observers in the Coastal Carolinas. CISA is recruiting volunteers for the Collaborative Community Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) and providing special training on coastal impacts. We will also hear from Henry Reges of CoCoRaHS, which has been providing its precipitation observers with the chance to submit drought impacts to the National Drought Mitigation Center’s (NDMC) Drought Impact Reporter (DIR) since 2010. Kelly Helm Smith of the NDMC will provide a brief overview of the DIR’s citizen science function.