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September 9, 2022

New tool makes U.S. drought impacts searchable by state and drought level

It can be hard to grasp the full human and ecological cost of a drought, so the NDMC has tracked drought impacts since 2005. A new tool from the NDMC helps people sort and filter these impact records by state, drought severity, sector and season.

August 25, 2022

NDMC and Drought Learning Network partners use podcasts to reach agricultural producers and resource managers

Collaborations within the Southwest Drought Learning Network led to two podcasts that provide resources and information to help make communities more resilient. The most recent project, the Drought Discussion, began this summer with semimonthly episodes aimed at introducing weather and forage production data to a broader audience.

July 29, 2022

Flash drought showing up with 4-category change over 4 weeks on current U.S. Drought Monitor

While drought is known as a slow-onset phenomenon, recent extreme heat and dry conditions in eastern Oklahoma and adjacent states have created a flash drought in the region, leading to a four-class change on the U.S. Drought Monitor in just four weeks. 

July 26, 2022

NDMC visiting student brings international insight on crowdsourcing drought data

Marleen Lam, a visiting student from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, spent six weeks at the National Drought Mitigation Center this spring as part of her master’s program in International Land and Water Management. Lam’s research looks at crowdsourcing drought impact data, specifically at what’s motivating people to submit Condition Monitoring Observer Reports. 

July 22, 2022

Stakeholders meet to share resources and experiences for drought planning in the Southwest

Last month, resource managers, climate service providers and stakeholders met for the third annual meeting of the Southwest Drought Learning Network, a peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing network designed to increase the resilience of communities facing drought. Attendees came from across the Southwest and adjacent states to discuss drought-related needs, assess current monitoring and planning resources and brainstorm goals and activities for the future.

July 14, 2022

New map shows the location of weather and water stations across the West

The Overview of Weather Water Land Sites (OWWLS) maps the location of weather stations, stream gauges, reservoirs and ground monitoring stations across much of the West. By mapping where these stations are, the tool helps highlight areas with limited data coverage to inform the deployment of future weather stations and target citizen scientist recruitment.

July 11, 2022

Drought Center kicks off $1 million Defense project to predict unrest

We know that weather and climate can contribute to civic unrest, especially in countries with little to no social safety nets, where people depend on subsistence farming to feed themselves and their families. The question is, can we predict civic unrest, along with the weather? To begin answering that question, researchers at the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, received the first $1 million of funding from U.S. Air Force Weather this spring for the first phase of a bigger project.

June 22, 2022

U.S. Drought Monitor now provides county-level drought stats

Visitors to the U.S. Drought Monitor website will now be able to visualize the local story of drought more clearly with a new tool that provides data on drought conditions down to the level of individual counties. By capturing that geographic nuance and providing mapping tools at a finer scale, the NDMC hopes that it’ll make the Drought Monitor more accessible and meaningful to stakeholders.

May 9, 2022

NDMC, New Mexico pueblos, USDA NRCS and Southwest Climate Hub team up for Drought-Smart Indigenous Agriculture

A new partnership led by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focuses on enhancing agricultural drought and climate adaptation for Indigenous farmers and ranchers in the Middle Rio Grande pueblos of the U.S. Southwest.

April 28, 2022

Ranchers review researchers’ drought planning tools

Ranchers and researchers are collaborating on how predicting forage production can lead to sustainable management, even during drought. At a meeting of the Society for Range Management, Feb. 7 in Albuquerque, N.M., a National Drought Mitigation Center workshop introduced eight new decision-support tools and asked ranchers to reflect on how such tools could be of greatest use.