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Drought Management Tools Workshop, Woodland, CA

February 26, 2009
Woodland, CA

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) traveled to California February 24-26, 2009, for two RMA drought informational workshops that highlighted the decision support and risk management tools and projects that the NDMC maintains. 

This workshop focused on the overall RMA tools, with the Drought Impact Reporter (DIR), VegDRI, VegOut, and The GreenLeaf Project (a collaborative RMA project between the NDMC and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Computer Science and Engineering Center) being introduced to a group of 75 participants that represented producers, ranchers, media personnel, National Weather Service, NOAA, private biosciences businesses, Yolo County FSA, University of California-Davis Extension, Recreation and Tourism, USDA-NRCS, and the USDA-RMA office within the area. Local presentations included an overview of the recent climate conditions from the California State Climatologist, the National Weather Service office out of Sacramento, and also a presentation by the USDA-FSA office which centered on an overview of the California Drought Declaration Process.

Presentations

  • The Drought Impact Reporter
    Melissa Widhalm
  • Measuring Up: Comparing Current Drought to the Past
    Michael Anderson
  • An Overview of Current Meteorological and Hydrologic Conditions in California and What's in Store
    Cyntia Palmer
  • Drought Declarations
    Larry Plumb
  • Risk Management Agency and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Partnership: An Overview
    Kelly Smith
  • Developing an Improved Drought Monitor-DSS for the U.S.
    Mark Svoboda
  • Setting the Stage: Drought Tools Overview
    Mark Svoboda
  • The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): Monitoring Vegetation Stress from a Local to National Scale
    Brian Wardlow