Friday, March 27, 2015

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Researchers collaborate with Morocco on state-of-the-art satellite-based drought index

Mar 20, 2015

Morocco will have one of the world’s first drought early warning systems that integrates several remotely sensed data sets from NASA and other U.S. agencies into a composite agricultural drought indicator. The new Moroccan Composite Drought Index (MCDI) was developed with backing from the World Bank and with technical assistance from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT), both based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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2015 U.S. Drought Monitor Forum, Reno, NV, April 14-16

Mar 17, 2015

The Desert Research Institute and Western Regional Climate Center will host the biennial 2015 U.S. Drought Monitor Forum in Reno, Nevada on April 14-16, 2015.  The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will include a keynote address highlighting critical issues and drought coordination efforts nationwide.  This biennial meeting brings together authors of the USDM as well as a larger group of federal, state, and local contributors to explore the current drought situation, drought impacts, and provide a forum on improvements.  The final day of the forum, Thursday April 16, will be dedicated to a special session related to the California-Nevada drought.  This session will focus on improving inter-agency and stakeholder collaboration with the USDM. Read more and register.

February 2015 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought shifts its grip but impacts taking a toll

Mar 6, 2015

The National Drought Mitigation Center’s February 2015 summary of drought and impacts is now out. Drought expanded slightly in February 2015, with patterns of intensity shifting over the West but little net change. California farmers and water managers are facing a fourth year of drought. Although parts of Texas are rebounding from drought, reservoir levels in other areas were still declining, with water restrictions getting tighter. Read the full February 2015 Drought and Impact Summary.


Research explores ag advisers' ability to communicate climate info

Feb 27, 2015

A team of researchers led by the NDMC's Tonya Haigh has determined that relatively little is known about the readiness of different types of agricultural advisers to use weather and climate information to help their clients manage risk under increasing climate uncertainty.
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January 2015 Drought and Impact Summary

Feb 10, 2015

Drought changed little in January 2015, remaining entrenched over the West Coast and southern Plains, with lesser intensities of drought across parts of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Smaller patches of drought were emerging in and around northeast Arkansas and in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Total drought coverage was comparatively low, less than 30 percent of the contiguous 48 states. Impacts continued to mount in California and Texas, where years of drought have left reservoirs depleted. Read the full January 2015 Drought and Impact Summary.

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