Monday, April 23, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center

Recently Completed Research and Projects

Drought Management Database

The Drought Management Database houses a growing collection of strategies for dealing with drought in the United States, as well as an associated collection of news stories. 

An Assessment of Decadal Drought Information Needs

In collaboration with Dr. Vikram Mehta of the Center for Research on the Changing Earth System (CRCES), the NDMC organized several workshops on projects from 2006 through 2013 to better understand the information needs of stakeholders and policy makers in the Missouri River Basin related to decadal climate variability.

Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors

Mark Svoboda and Brian Wardlow of the NDMC worked with Matthew Rodell (principal investigator) from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jay Lawrimore (principal investigator) and Richard Heim from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, James S. Famiglietti, from the University of California at Irvine; Rolf Reichle, from the Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland; Benjamin F. Zaitchik, from the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center in College Park, Maryland; and Ana Pinheiro, from NCDC and STG Incorporated. One of the results was the suite of maps updated each week, showing changes in groundwater, root zone soil moisture and surface soil moisture. 

Drought Management Decision-Support Tools (RMA)

A partnership agreement with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) from 2005-2010 supported the development of a suite of drought decision-making tools, in collaboration with UNL’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.

A Real-Time Groundwater Monitoring Network for Nebraska

The NDMC partnered with Dr. Mark Burbach, the principal investigator, from 2005-2009 to  develop a relatively low-cost monitoring system that could provide near real-time ground water information to drought planners and other environmental stakeholders across Nebraska. Support for this project was provided by USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Low-Flow Studies

The NDMC collaborated with the National Weather Service from 2005-2010 on seven pilot projects across the U.S. to enhance the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS).

Republican River Basin Water and Drought Portal

The NDMC in conjunction with the Upper, Middle and Lower Republican Natural Resources Districts publicly released the Republican River Basin Water and Drought Portal in May 2010.  The portal was developed over three years, with funding from the NOAA’s Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP). 

Drought Ready Communities

A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness was developed in 2010 out of a two-year pilot project involving the NDMC, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey and State Climatologist’s Office, the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance, and three individual communities. The Guide is intended to help communities across the U.S. increase drought resilience and reduce drought impacts by stepping them through the process of developing a drought monitoring and communication system, educating citizens, and identifying drought mitigation and response actions. 

Soil Moisture Research


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