Research improves drought communication to decision makers in North Carolina 16 December 2020

Research improves drought communication to decision makers in North Carolina

A recently completed project developed recommendations to better communicate drought to decision makers and resources that present user-driven drought information in infographics and fact sheets.

NIDIS Releases Pacific Northwest DEWS Strategic Plan 8 December 2020

NIDIS Releases Pacific Northwest DEWS Strategic Plan

The plan outlines priority tasks and activities to build drought early warning capacity and resilience.

NIDIS Releases Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy 24 November 2020

NIDIS Releases Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy

The Strategy will lead to improved drought monitoring, forecasting, and resilience for tribal nations.

Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada 18 November 2020

Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada

Since the start of the 21st century California and Nevada have suffered extreme wildland fires and droughts that have caused devastating impacts to ecosystems and society. A common feature of these events has been very high evaporative demand—the “thirst” of the atmosphere—which has largely been driven by increased air temperatures caused by anthropogenic climate change

New Report on Drought and Outdoor Recreation 19 August 2020

New Report on Drought and Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation is a major contributor to the Intermountain West’s economy, but the future viability of many businesses—particularly small businesses—in the industry is threatened by their drought vulnerabilities and the region’s projected increases in drought severity and frequency.

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