National Drought Mitigation Center


The Drought Center helps people, organizations and institutions build resilience to drought through monitoring and planning, and we are the academic partner and web host of the U.S. Drought Monitor. 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.



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



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



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?