Drought and Weather

US parkland using drought mitigationThis page highlights organizations that deal with issues related to drought and weather. For drought-related tools, publications, and local information, see the menu to the right.

United States Department of Agriculture.

"USDA provides assistance for losses that result from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities."

USGS. Water Data.

Quotes definitions of drought from several sources. Addresses different types of drought such as agricultural and meteorological drought.

Drought and Water Availability

USDA. NAL. Water and Agriculture Information Center.

Offers a dynamic search of NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) article citations on drought impacts on agriculture, from 2000 to the present. Try a book citation search from 2000 to the present.

USDA. NRCS. National Water and Climate Center

"The Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) is a comprehensive, nationwide soil moisture and climate information system designed to provide data to support natural resource assessments and conservation activities. Administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC), in cooperation with the NRCS National Soil Survey Center, the system focuses on agricultural areas of the U.S. monitoring soil temperature and soil moisture content at several depths, soil water level, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind, precipitation, barometric pressure, and more."

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Leads the development and transfer of water and climate information and technology which support natural resource conservation."

University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

"Helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought. The Center stresses preparation and risk management rather than crisis management."

DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

One of NOAA's Centers for Environmental Prediction, it serves "the public by assessing and forecasting the impacts of short-term climate variability, emphasizing enhanced risks of weather-related extreme events, for use in mitigating losses and maximizing economic gains." See also the CPC's Drought Monitoring page.

National Drought Policy Commission.

Published in May 2000, "presents the basis for national drought policy and calls for commitment and resolve in providing sufficient resources to achieve the policy goals."

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