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Drought Reports, Papers, Articles and Services

A drought-stunted soybean plant withers in the sun.

USDA. National Drought Policy Commission.

Potentially useful background information -- including sample working group reports (on agricultural; environmental; local government, community, and business; monitoring and prediction; and municipal and industrial aspects) and analyses and summaries of federal, regional, state, local and tribal drought-related programs; published in 2000.

United States Army Corps of Engineers. Institute for Water Resources.

"This report represents the collaborative work of over 100 researchers and practitioners whose model approach to water management during drought was tested and refined in several case studies across the country."(September 1994)

Series of publications on the effects of drought and methods to mitigate them.

USDA. NAL. Water and Agriculture Information Center.

Find article citations in NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) on water allocation, drought and water shortages from 2002 to the present. Bibliographies covering 1992-1999 and 2000-2002 are also available.


A Nature Insight issue contains review articles and commentary on these subjects (Vol. 419, No. 6903, 12 Sep 2002).

U. S. Forest Service.

"This assessment provides input to the reauthorized National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA), and it establishes the scientific foundation needed to manage for drought resilience and adaptation. Focal areas include drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire; and consequences for forest and rangeland values."