Monday, May 21, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center


Planning, In-depth

  • What is Drought Planning? Monitoring, understanding impacts, and managing risk are the three main parts of drought planning.
  • Monitoring: Picking the right scale in time and space and finding indicators relevant for a specific purpose are key parts of drought monitoring.
  • Impacts: Drought's impacts include lower crop yields, water diverted from agriculture to urban uses, and reduced hydroelectric power generation. Understanding impacts helps reduce vulnerability.

Featured Planning Tool

The Drought Risk Atlas provides climate and drought data for more than 3,000 climate stations across the U.S. through 2012 for at least 40 and in some cases more than 100 years.

Planning Processes

The NDMC and others have developed drought planning processes that have been applied in a variety of places and circumstances.

Featured Planning Processes

U.S. Policy

NIDIS LogoNo single federal agency has sole responsibility for drought planning. Being prepared for drought crosses many agencies' boundaries, involving weather, water, agriculture, and land use, among others. The Western Governors' Association has been instrumental in pushing for more coordinated drought policy. Establishing the National Integrated Drought Information System in 2006 was a significant first step.

Drought Plans and Planning

Status of State Drought PlansThis section contains information about drought planning and monitoring activities conducted by states, tribes, and various local and regional agencies.




Drought Management Database

The Drought Management Database is a growing collection of strategies to help cope with drought.

Drought Photo Gallery

Peruse our collection of photos showing the effects of drought.

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