Friday, April 28, 2017

National Drought Mitigation Center


April Dry Horizons features CDC data

Apr 21, 2017
The April edition of Dry Horizons features the Center for Disease Control, which released ready-to-use drought datasets: The Palmer Drought Severity Index, the Standard Precipitation Index, and the Standard Precipitation and Evaportranspiration Index, computed for each county in the country by month, from 2000 to present. Access helps make drought analysis easier.

Also in this edition:
  • The Nature Conservancy touts precision agriculture; and
  • The NDMC is seeking help in shaping the next generation of drought tools.

Read the edition here.

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March 2017 Drought and Impact Summary: Midwest, South, Southeast see improvement

Apr 12, 2017
Drought conditions improved in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. At the end of March, 9.83 percent of the contiguous United States was in drought, compared to 14.94 percent at the beginning of the month.
Read the March Drought and Impact Summary.


Survey finds drought info leads to better decisions

Apr 5, 2017

survey factsheet
Information from regional Drought Early Warning Systems helped people make better decisions in many sectors, including construction, fish production, and agriculture. A recent survey assessed the value of drought and climate-related webinars and quarterly climate summaries produced for decision-makers in the Midwest and Missouri River Drought Early Warning Systems and in the Great Lakes Basin. The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln led the survey, which was funded by the National Integrated Drought Information System. “We appreciate the feedback from the people who read the reports and view the webinars.  It helps us understand specific information needs and decision-making contexts, and ultimately keep improving the services,” said Tonya Haigh, NDMC project manager and leader of the evaluation. The climate summaries, webinars and survey results are online.

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Dry Horizons: Washington measures drought's economic impact on ag

Mar 15, 2017
Dry Horizons MarchThe March edition of Dry Horizons features a report by the Washington State Department of Agriculture that attempts to measure the economic impact of the 2015 drought on farmers and ranchers in the state. It's the first of its kind for the agency.

Also in this edition:
  • How to keep tabs on the latest in ecological drought research; and
  • EOS chimes in on "snow drought" and suggests two definitions.

Read the edition here.

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Drought Center releases inaugural annual report

Mar 14, 2017

Annual reportThe National Drought Mitigation Center is excited to announce the release of its first annual report and the unveiling of its new logo.

It’s been an exciting and busy year at the drought center; we’ve worked on 24 projects and hosted or co-hosted 76 events in 15 countries.  But we couldn’t have done it without our 18 state and federal partners and grant funders, and we couldn’t have done it without our stakeholders, who are spread across the country and the world.

Read the report here.

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