Meetings & Webinars

The MAPP program has hosted webinars on the topic of drought understanding, monitoring, and prediction. You can view materials at the following links:

Topic: Drought Research: Improved Understanding, Monitoring, and Prediction of Drought
Date: May 30, 2014
Speakers and Topics:
Christa Peters-Lidard (NASA GSFC) - The impact of assimilating terrestrial remote sensing observations on drought monitoring 
Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin) - Explore mechanisms behind the spring to summer drought memory and potential for early warning of summer drought over US Southern Plains
Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML) - Impact of the Atlantic Warm Pool on North American Rainfall

Topic: MAPP/CSI Webinar: Drought: Research and Information Supporting Preparedness
Date: November 22, 2013
Speakers and Topics:
Martin Hoerling (NOAA ESRL) - Why Drought Regimes?
Mark Svoboda (National Drought Mitigation Center) - The National Drought Mitigation Center:  Translating Research into Usable Information
Mark Shafer (Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program) - Research Directions Emerging from the 2011-2013 Southern Plains Drought
Eric Wood (Princeton University) - Developing a capability to estimate the probability of drought recovery

Topic: Presentation of a NIDIS/DTF Report on the Origins of the 2012 Central Great Plains Drought
Date: April 11, 2013
This briefing presented a report titled “An Interpretation of the Origins of the 2012 Central Great Plains Drought” which was released in conjunction with the briefing. The report, written by Martin Hoerling (NOAA ESRL/PSD), Siegfried Schubert (NASA GSFC), Kingtse Mo (NOAA NCEP/CPC) and members of the Drought Task Force (DTF) Narrative Team, has been prepared in the framework of a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program and the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program that organizes the Drought Task Force.

Topic: Drought Prediction
Date: March 12, 2013
Speakers and Topics:
Eric Wood (Princeton University) - Recent results and challenges related to drought prediction
Bradfield Lyon (International Research Institute for Climate and Society) - Seasonal Prediction of Meteorological Drought Using Statistical-Dynamical Approaches
Siegfried Schubert (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) - The Role and Predictability of Stationary Rossby Waves
Kingtse Mo (NOAA Climate Prediction Center) - Objective Drought Classification

Topic: Understanding and Monitoring Drought
Date: February 12, 2013
Speakers and Topics:
Christopher Hain (NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services) - Development of a Thermal Infrared Based Framework for Mapping Drought: Regional Applications and Progress towards a Global-scale Implementation
Christa Peters-Lidard (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) - The Impact of Soil Moisture and Snow Assimilation on North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) Drought Metrics
Amir AghaKouchak (University of California at Irvine) - Multi-Index Drought Monitoring: A Global Drought GeoServer
Andy Wood (NOAA Northwest River Forecast Center) - A framework of metrics to evaluate new approaches for the monitoring and prediction of drought

Topic: Advances in Drought Monitoring and Prediction
Date: October 11, 2011
Speakers and Topics:
Kingtse Mo (NCEP/CPC) - NLDAS-based drought monitoring and prediction products at NCEP
Mike Ek (NCEP/EMC) - Enhancement of high resolution hydrological modeling on the CONUS HRAP grid using operational NOAA NCEP and NOAA OHD models / The land information system
Martha Anderson (USDA/ARS) - A GOES-based drought product using thermal remote sensing of evapotranspiration

A meeting of the Drought Task force took place on October 25 and 26 in Fort Collins, CO.


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