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Dry Horizons: MIT case study shows costly infrastructure may not be the answer

August 17, 2017

The August edition of Dry Horizons features a new case study by MIT researchers that suggests large-scale infrastructure may not be the answer to drought. The team used Melbourne, Australia, as a case study. The city, which experienced a 12-year drought, built a $5 billion facility, but it was completed three years after the drought ended and has hardly been used since.

Through analysis and modelling, the MIT team determined smaller-scale, incremental additions to water infrastructure may make more sense for advanced countries. 

The newsletter also features:

  • A Union of Concerned Scientists report on how healthy soils help farmers fight back against flood and drought
  • A SCIPP report on local drought management and how counties use nationally driven drought information to inform decisions
  • A 10-year-old's Space Apps Challenge 2017 project called "Drop the Drought"

Read this month's edition here.


July 2017 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought persists over northern Plains

August 10, 2017

Drought persisted in the northern Plains in July. By the end of the month, the number of people experiencing drought had increased from 15.8 million to 21.3 million.

Summer DroughtScape: It's been an active quarter

July 31, 2017

The latest edition of DroughtScape is out. It’s been an active quarter with the release of a new flash-drought tool, QuickDRI, and a new website for the U.S. Agriculture Commodities in Drought maps. We've also wrapped up our "writeshops" in the Caribbean and moved toward drought vulnerability assessments in the MENA region. Get those stories and more in the summer 2017 edition.


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