Thursday, July 28, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center

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Drought guidebook most comprehensive catalog of indicators available

Jul 28, 2016

The Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices brings into one resource guide 50 drought tools being used by planners and policymakers around the world.

The guidebook, written by Mark Svoboda and Brian Fuchs, climatologists with the National Drought Mitigation Center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and released by the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), is available online here. It is a part of the Integrated Management Tools and Guidelines Series compiled by the IDMP, a partnership by the World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership, and it will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and Russian.

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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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