Effects of Severe Drought Events on Forests Sensitivity 13 October 2020

Effects of Severe Drought Events on Forests Sensitivity

The impacts of single droughts on forests have been widely studied, but understanding whether forests acclimate to or become more vulnerable to repeated drought events remains largely unknown.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office Awards $48.7M to Advance Climate and Decision Support Science, Build Community Resilience 6 October 2020

NOAA’s Climate Program Office Awards $48.7M to Advance Climate and Decision Support Science, Build Community Resilience

“From using machine learning to develop critical atmospheric datasets to creating an experimental system for rapidly assessing causes of extreme events, these new awards will expedite climate science discoveries and build the library of resilience solutions needed to protect all sectors of our economy and environment.”

NIDIS-Funded Study Evaluates In Situ Soil Moisture Observations in Contiguous United States 1 October 2020

NIDIS-Funded Study Evaluates In Situ Soil Moisture Observations in Contiguous United States

 Due to its significance, accurate soil moisture information is critical for subseasonal-to-seasonal climate prediction as well as forecasting extreme events at those timescales. 

 

New Research Methodology To Enhance Drought Monitoring 25 September 2020

New Research Methodology To Enhance Drought Monitoring

In order to improve model predictions, an accurate characterization of the uncertainty in the model state, i.e soil moisture, is critical. With droughts becoming more severe and frequent, it’s imperative for researchers to study and improve drought monitoring.

The U.S. drought vulnerability rankings are in: How does your state compare? 17 September 2020

The U.S. drought vulnerability rankings are in: How does your state compare?

According to a new NOAA-funded assessment, what makes a state vulnerable is driven by more than just a lack of rain: it’s a combination of how susceptible a state is to drought and whether it’s prepared for impacts. And the most and least vulnerable states could surprise you.

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