Overview of Drought Task Force Research Objectives
NOAA's Drought Task Force aims to achieve significant advances in the ability to monitor, understand, and predict drought over North America. Research results produced by members of the Task Force are expected to help advance official national drought products, the development of early warning systems by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and experimental drought monitoring and prediction activities at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The Task Force will coordinate with other relevant national and international efforts including the emerging National Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) Experiment capability and the international effort to develop a Global Drought Information System (GDIS).
Progress will largely be made through the achievements of individual MAPP-funded research projects; however, the task force has defined coordinating activities that are meant to facilitate the advancement of the overall research goals. In particular, the task force has developed a Drought Test Bed that individual research groups can use to test and evaluate methods and ideas. Central to the Task Force's approach is a focus on three high profile North American droughts - the 1998-2004 Western US drought, the 2006-2007 Southeast US drought, and the 2011-current Tex-Mex drought. The Task Force's overarching goals are to facilitate collaboration among projects, develop metrics to assess the quality of monitoring and prediction products, and develop an experimental drought monitoring and prediction system that incorporates and assesses recent advances.
In the following we describe the issues underlying our key research objectives in more detail.
1) Understanding North American Drought
2) Improving Drought Monitoring
3) Improving Drought Prediction
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