National Drought Mitigation Center

Commitment to Diversity


The National Drought Mitigation Center values the contributions of each person and strives to make each interaction matter. We recognize that drought disproportionately affects disadvantaged populations, and we promote planning processes that work to reduce their vulnerability, and that give voice to marginalized people.


Climate change is projected to increase the intensity and frequency of drought in many parts of the world, including developing countries with limited adaptive capacity. Even in the United States, drought can limit access to clean, safe drinking water. Globally, it can trigger famine, human migration, and contribute to land degradation and aridification. The drought center has worked with tribal nations across the U.S. and with countries around the world to tailor monitoring systems and develop plans that reduce vulnerability to drought. The drought center works closely with international development organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to create drought risk management guidance and help countries implement it.


The drought center’s most prominent product is the U.S. Drought Monitor map and website with associated data and information. The U.S. Drought Monitor website, serving the U.S. and associated islands and territories, is in both English and Spanish, and maps are produced in both languages each week. U.S. Drought Monitor statistics are computed for many different areas, including tribal lands.

One of the ways that the NDMC provides people with a voice is via the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) form, allowing individuals to submit drought-related observations and photos. The form is in both English and Spanish.


The National Drought Mitigation Center is an equal opportunity employer.


The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.