NIDIS and USGS to Co-host Ecological Drought National Webinar Series

  • 21 January 2021

This four-part webinar series, taking place in February and March, will raise awareness of ecological drought, share actions that strengthen ecosystem resilience and mitigate the impacts of droughts, and discuss research and management needs for future drought planning and preparedness. The series is co-hosted by the CPO-led National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center, with expert speakers from the research community, tribal nations, and government agencies. 

The webinars include: 

Ecological Drought: An Introduction, Feb 3, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Introducing ecological drought as a scientific concept distinct from other definitions of drought, this webinar explores recent research on the topic, including transformational drought impacts and ecological tipping points.

Ecological Drought: Planning for Resilience, Feb 17, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

This webinar focuses on planning, restoration, and recovery actions that strengthen ecosystem resilience, mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, and realize co-benefits.

Ecological Drought: Drought, Wildfire, and Recovery, Mar 3, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Drought can exacerbate wildfire frequency, intensity, and severity. This webinar will explore wildfire management approaches based on ecological principles, including those that embed traditional ecological knowledge.

Ecological Drought: Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems, Mar 17, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This webinar will share recent research on drought impacts to coastal ecosystems and services and will feature a presentation from Dr. Kirsten Lackstrom, Research Associate, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (a NOAA RISA).

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