Monday, May 29, 2017

National Drought Mitigation Center


Drought, regional climate centers receive Climate Adaptation honorable mention

May 24, 2017

The Wind River Reservation Drought Preparedness Team recently earned an Honorable Mention Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for its leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation of the nation’s natural resources. 

The project combines the expertise of researchers, scientists and other professionals at 15 university-, tribal-, regional- and federal-level organizations, including the National Drought Mitigation Center and the High Plains Regional Climate Center, both at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Natural Resources.

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Dry Horizons: Solvers log first scores in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo

May 17, 2017

The May edition of Dry Horizons has been released. In this edition, we highlight a forecast competition by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The Forecast Rodeo is a year-long competition, focused on western U.S. temperature and precipitation forecasting. Solvers compete in real time against other teams as well as official forecasts from NOAA. And they are eligible to win big prizes.

Also in this edition:

  • Lessons on drought from a ranching expert;
  • Insights from farmers on the 2016 drought that struck New York; and
  • A survey shows the value in climate webinars and summaries.

To read it, click here.


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April 2017 Drought and Impact Summary: Contiguous U.S. sees smallest area of drought since 2000

May 10, 2017

After a very wet April, only 4.98 percent of the contiguous United States was depicted in drought on the May 2 U.S. Drought Monitor map.  Read the April Drought and Impact Summary.




Spring DroughtScape: U.S. sees break in drought

May 4, 2017

2017 Spring DroughtScapeWe at the National Drought Mitigation Center are releasing the Spring 2017 edition of DroughtScape.  In this issue, we look at the retraction of drought across much of the United States. Also this quarter, the drought center continued its work in the Middle East and North Africa region with the transfer of the Composite Drought Index technology, a version of the U.S. Drought Monitor for the region. Within a month, Tunisia released its first drought map.

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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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