New Columbia River streamflow reconstruction 4 November 2016

New Columbia River streamflow reconstruction

A study funded in part by CPO’s Sectoral Applications Research Program and published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association developed an improved  reconstruction of the Columbia River streamflow.

NIDIS launches two new Drought Early Warning Systems 16 February 2016

NIDIS launches two new Drought Early Warning Systems

On Feb. 2 and 9, respectively, NIDIS launched two new Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.

NOAA research improves our capacity to prepare for and react to drought, says new Drought Task Force report 9 February 2016

NOAA research improves our capacity to prepare for and react to drought, says new Drought Task Force report

A new report from the NOAA Drought Task Force, “Research to Advance National Drought Monitoring and Prediction Capabilities,” highlights the crucial role NOAA research plays in advancing our ability to prepare for and react to drought.

Bark without bite: The socio-economic context of the 1950s drought 26 January 2016

Bark without bite: The socio-economic context of the 1950s drought

A new study assesses the evolution of weather and climate conditions and impacts during the 1950s to establish their national and regional decision-making contexts, scientific and technological improvements prior to and during the event that helped mitigate risks, and on and off-farm responses in terms of the socioeconomic impacts.
Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S. 18 January 2016

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S.

New research funded by CPO’s MAPP Program focuses on drought in the central U.S./Great Plains region and evaluates why summer droughts occur in the Southern Great Plains during some La Niña years but not in others, and how several drought indicators may promote drought preparedness during future flash drought (droughts that intensify rapidly) events.
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