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NIDIS and USGS Co-Host Coastal Salinity Tool Webinar 10/6/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NIDIS and USGS Co-Host Coastal Salinity Tool Webinar

The webinar will highlight the recent expansion of a coastal drought monitoring tool across the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Seaboard.

NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest 5 October 2021

NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest

The video includes interviews with those whose livelihoods are impacted by the drought and discusses how rising temperatures are bringing aridification and a “new normal” to the region.

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming 29 September 2021

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming

According to the report, the drought caused roughly $11.4–$23 billion in economic losses in 2020—including impacts from associated wildfires. Economic losses for 2021 will also be substantial, and the drought is expected to continue at least into next year.

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.

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