National Drought Mitigation Center


U.S. Drought Monitor website wins climate literacy seal of approval

September 24, 2012

The main U.S. Drought Monitor page now sports a CLEAN logo, meaning that an expert panel of scientists and educators identified the website as having information that teachers may find helpful in presenting lessons on climate. The National Science Foundation funded development of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) collection of educational resources.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced each week by a partnership that includes the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NDMC hosts the website, which includes the weekly map, associated statistics, an archive, contact information, links to many drought monitoring and early warning maps, and more.

The CLEAN project team reviewed 15,000 resources to come up with 480 that met its rigorous criteria for scientific accuracy and pedagogical effectiveness. 

At the CLEAN website, teachers can review the essential principles of climate literacy to help select materials, search the collection of recommended resources, and join the CLEAN community for discussions and more information.