Hands feeling for soil moisture
U.S. Department of Agriculture file photo
Washington state measures economic impact
of 2015 drought on ag industry
Drought & ag report
Washington State Department of Agriculture recently released a report that attempts to measure the economic impact of the 2015 drought on farmers and ranchers across the state. The report, the first of its kind for the agency, estimates damage at between $633 million and $773 million. Derek Sandison, director of the WSDA, said the report "lays the groundwork to improve the accuracy of future drought impact projections." Access the report here.
Seasonal temp & precip patterns
Brianne Walsh | Integration and Application Network
Keep up with the latest in ecological drought research
Interested in ecological drought? So are the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, which have made ecological drought their next research focus. A new project will look at the eight Climate Science Centers and highlight and disseminate work and research they do -- often on ecological drought -- through the Integration and Application Network. Read more here.
Students measuring streamflow
Adrian Harpold
In case you missed it: EOS chimes in on snow drought
EOS recently ran an opinion piece on why defining the phrase "snow drought" is important, and not only to water resources managers. The authors, Adrian Harpold, Michael Dettinger and Seshadri Rajagopal, argue for two definitions:
  • Dry snow drought, which would be a precipitation-driven lack of snow; and
  • Warm snow drought, which would be temperature-driven lack of snow.
Wade into the debate by reading more here.
The Drought Risk Management Resource Center conducts and applies research to improve drought resilience across the United States. It is a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System and the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NIDIS supports the DRMRC through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sectoral Applications Research Program.
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