Tuesday, January 27, 2015

National Drought Mitigation Center


Drought Center researchers "aboard" NASA soil moisture mission as early adopters

Jan 26, 2015
NASA chose researchers associated with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the U.S. Drought Monitor to be early adopters of the soil moisture data from a new satellite mission, which is slated to launch on Jan. 29. The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is expected to provide far better data about soil moisture information than anything that has been available to this point. Soil moisture, necessary for crops and other plants to grow, is a key indicator of agricultural drought.
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Drought, climate change and public health webinar Jan. 28

Jan 15, 2015
The National Integrated Drought Information System’s Engaging Preparedness Communities Working Group will host a drought and public health webinar Jan. 28, noon Central Time. The originators of the Community Capitals Framework will discuss how the model applies to global climate change adaptation, specifically in the health sector. A National Drought Mitigation Center presentation will follow, focusing on the application of CCF to drought and public health. The webinar is free but registration is required. Registration link


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December 2014 Drought and Impacts Summary: Water supply issues continue to mount in CA and TX as drought persists

Jan 12, 2015

Drought was entrenched over parts of the Southern Plains and the West in December 2014, particularly in California, Nevada and Oregon, and in another area over north Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Long-term water supply issues persisted, particularly in California and Texas, and impacts related to wildlife and agriculture continued to make headlines. Read the NDMC's December 2014 Drought and Impact Summary.

How the 2012 central U.S. drought evolved from the floods of 2011: A state-by-state assessment

Jan 12, 2015
The drought of 2012 was the first since 1988 that impacted almost the entire Corn Belt. It intensified quickly, catching many by surprise, particularly following on the heels of catastrophic flooding the previous year. The central U.S. 2012 drought assessment entitled “From too much to too little,” identifies the how the drought developed, progressed, and impacted the region, and how different states responded to the challenge. The NDMC coordinated the multi-agency effort.
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Drought at smallest extent in three years, but entrenched over parts of West and southern Plains

Jan 8, 2015
During the five-week period ending Jan.  6, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage decreased to 28.10 percent — a 1.03 percentage point drop. The current drought coverage is the nation’s lowest in more than three years, since Dec. 20, 2011. On Jan. 6, more than one-third (37 percent) of the nation’s winter wheat production area—mainly across the southern Plains and the interior Northwest—was located within a drought-affected region.
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