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NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov

  • 17 August 2021

The CPO-led National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) added two new interactive features on drought.gov that will make it easier for decision makers and the public across the United States to share timely, reliable drought information. These improvements further the NIDIS goal of making drought.gov a one-stop shop for data, decision-support products, and resources.

The first feature is new customization and sharing options for all maps that will make it easy to create custom, high-quality maps. Such custom maps can be included in drought or risk mitigation plans, shared on social media and in media briefings, or used to communicate with stakeholders and report on drought impacts across the United States.

The second feature is interactive economic sector maps that show sector-specific information alongside key drought and climate indicators. These new maps provide critical information for private and public sector decision makers to monitor, plan for, and mitigate the impacts of drought.

Together, these new communication tools 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. These tools were launched in collaboration with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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