Monday, September 01, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

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

Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors will focus on incorporating NASA’s GRACE satellite data enhanced by hydrologic modeling into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors. Ideally, the additional data will be incorporated into the “objective blends,” the strictly numeric drought map summaries produced weekly for the U.S. Drought Monitor. Researchers will be able to measure the difference in objective blends with and without the additional data, and will incorporate stakeholder feedback in gauging the effectiveness of the changes.

NDMC Contributors: Mark Svoboda, Brian Wardlow

External Collaborators: 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.

Sponsor: The National Aeronautic and Space Administration

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