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Welcome to the National Drought Mitigation Center

The Drought Center helps people, organizations and institutions build resilience to drought though monitoring and planning, and we are the academic partner and web host of the U.S. Drought Monitor map. Our capabilities include climatology, social science and public engagement, and we work at all scales, from individual ranches to local, state and tribal government, and countries around the world.

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Education


Learn about drought through the eyes of climatologists, and learn how people are working to prevent the effects of drought.

climate text written on paper during drought planning brainstorm session

Planning


Drought is a normal part of nearly every climate on the planet. Planning ahead for variation in water supply helps reduce unpleasant surprises.

climate text written on paper during drought planning brainstorm session

Monitoring


What is the best way for you to recognize that you are in drought? Where does your water come from, and who is keeping track of it?