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NIDIS to Host Southwest Drought Forum 9/21/2021 11:00 AM - 9/29/2021 2:45 PM

NIDIS to Host Southwest Drought Forum

The forum will bring stakeholders, decision makers, and drought experts together to address worsening drought conditions in the US Southwest with the goal of supporting communities impacted by ongoing water scarcity and building long-term drought resilience in the region.

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help 8 September 2021

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help

For the past two decades, the southwestern United States has been desiccated by one of the most severe long-term droughts—or ‘megadroughts’—of the last 1,200 years. And now, scientists say the risk of similar extreme megadroughts and severe single-year droughts will increase in the future as Earth’s temperature continues to rise, according to a new study in Earth’s Future.

NIDIS Welcomes Crystal Stiles as Tribal Engagement Coordinator 31 August 2021

NIDIS Welcomes Crystal Stiles as Tribal Engagement Coordinator

Crystal will be working to implement NIDIS' Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy across the network of eight regional drought early warning systems.

NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov 17 August 2021

NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov

The new maps will help decision makers and the public respond to the current drought, prepare for future drought conditions, and improve the nation’s long-term drought resilience.

NIDIS Releases Flash Drought Report Discussing Current Understanding and Future Priorities 10 August 2021

NIDIS Releases Flash Drought Report Discussing Current Understanding and Future Priorities

The new report describes a December 2020 workshop’s key takeaways and provides a list of priority actions to help both NIDIS and the broader research community advance flash drought research activities and tool development.

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