Wednesday, July 27, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center


NU agencies lead project to help MENA region respond to drought

Jul 12, 2016
Composite Drought Index for Middle East and North Africa region

Three organizations at the University of Nebraska, including the National Drought Mitigation Center, are co-leading a $4 million research effort with the Dubai-based International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. The project is designed to help the Middle East and North Africa region balance water consumption and increase agricultural productivity, with a focus on drought management.
Participating NU centers are: the NDMC, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies.

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June 2016 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought expands, edges into northern Plains, Northeast, and Southeast

Jul 11, 2016

Drought expanded and intensified during June, accompanied by above-normal temperatures. By the end of the month, more than 80 million people were affected by drought, compared to 54 million at the beginning of June. Read the June Drought and Impact Summary.


U.S. drought coverage increases in June 2016

Jul 7, 2016
During the 5-week period ending July 5, 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased 5.04 percentage points, from 12.73 to 17.77 percent. Short-term drought has emerged in several areas, including the interior Southeast and from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast. Although corn and soybean production areas saw an increase in drought, U.S. crops overall are mostly faring well.
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Don Wilhite to retire June 30

Jun 28, 2016
After nearly 40 years with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Don Wilhite, founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, former School of Natural Resources director and dedicated applied climate professor, will retire and shift to emeritus status on June 30, 2016.
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New report examines drought risk and management in parched Caribbean

Jun 20, 2016
A new report examines drought in the Caribbean, a region often plagued by climate-related hazards, with a focus on the role of policymaking and planning to reduce its future impacts on agriculture and water resources. Released June 17 in conjunction with the United Nations' World Day to Combat Desertification, the report seeks to bolster the Caribbean's resilience to drought and underscores the need for a paradigm shift to a more proactive approach to drought mitigation.
"Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean" is published jointly by the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska (WFI), in collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).
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