Wednesday, May 23, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center

The Impacts of Drought

The effects of drought ripple through economic sectors, communities, and ecosystems, leaving a variety of impacts in its wake. Understanding how drought affects you or your community or business is crucial, because then you can figure out why drought creates those effects, and what you may be able to do about them.

Recent Scholarly Work on Drought Impacts

Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States,  U.S. Forest Service, Gen. Tech. Report WO-93a, November 2015, by James M. Vose, James S. Clark, Charles H. Luce, and Toral Patel-Weynand

The Missing Piece: Drought Impacts Monitoring, Report from a Workshop in Tucson, AZ, March 5-6, 2013, by Kirsten Lackstrom, Amanda Brennan, Daniel Ferguson, Mike Crimmins, Lisa Darby, Kirstin Dow, Keith Ingram, Alison Meadow, Henry Reges, Mark Shafer, Kelly Smith

"Field of Dreams, or Dream Team?: Assessing Two Models For Drought Impact Reporting in the Semiarid Southwest," by Alison M. Meadow, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona; Michael A. Crimmins, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona; Daniel B. Ferguson, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2013 ; e-View doi:

"Local Observers Fill in the Details on Drought Impact Reporter Maps," by Kelly Helm Smith, Mark Svoboda, Michael Hayes, Henry Reges, Nolan Doesken, Kirsten Lackstrom, Kristin Dow, and Amanda Brennan. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95: 11, Nov. 2014, 1659-1662.

U.S. Impact Information, Current and Archived

Impacts in Drought Planning 

Impacts Checklist

Through its work with drought planners around the world, the NDMC has developed a checklist of drought's impacts. The checklist can help planners identify areas of vulnerability so that policy makers can target resources as effectively as possible. 

How to Reduce Drought Risk

This planning guide goes beyond the impacts checklist and gets to the roots of risk and vulnerability.

Drought Impact Reporter Collaboration Possibilities

Learn more about the Drought Impact Reporter, and consider whether it could help you establish a network of observers.

Adding photos to observations in the Drought Impact Reporter

This video provides a step-by-step overview showing how to add photos to drought-related observations.

Drought Impact Reporter Tutorial

An in-depth tutorial explaining how to use the Drought Impact Reporter.

International Drought Impacts 

Famine Early Warning System

The U.S. Agency for International Development and partners collaborate to produce the Famine Early Warning System. 

The Southern African Development Community

The Southern African Development Community monitors emerging droughts and many other factors to anticipate food shortages. Drought is one of the predictors of famine in developing countries.

Agroclimate Impact Reporter

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has developed an Agroclimate Impact Reporter that includes drought impacts.

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