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.
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.
Incorporating NASA Satellite Data into the Drought Monitor
The NDMC worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2007-2010 to identify ways that NASA’s satellite data could be used to enhance the U.S. Drought Monitor’s performance in reflecting drought conditions across the United States.
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).
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).
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).
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.