University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Natural Resources
The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) is based in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
The NDMC works with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) in several capacities. Employees serve on the NIDIS Implementation Team, co-chair the Engaging Preparedness Working Group, contribute to portal development and content, contribute to pilot projects, and more. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is leading NIDIS, an effort to consolidate federal drought monitoring, early warning and preparedness resources.
Government Partnerships: Federal and State
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been a long-term supporter of the NDMC. In recent years a partner agreement with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has supported development of a suite of drought decision-making tools, in collaboration with UNL’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. The NDMC also works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various groups within it such as the National Climatic Data Center and the National Weather Service. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) are current major research partners. The NDMC has also worked with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as state governments. In addition to receiving grants and entering partnership agreements, the NDMC contracts to provide specific services, such as consulting for the state of Colorado's drought plan update.
International Agencies and Governments
The NDMC has worked with many United Nations agencies, including the Environment Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Meteorological Organization.