NIDIS data gallery
The National Integrated Drought Information System's website now features a data search page, which makes it easier for planners to find available drought tools to address monitoring, forecasting or condition needs. Users can filter the gallery by key categories, such as soil moisture, fire, vegetation or impacts, to winnow dozens of tools. Users also have the option of filtering by data format, data type, or data coverage area, such as global or U.S.

The data gallery includes a general overview of each tool and a "how to," as well where to access it. Find the gallery here.
Beaverhead Watershed
In 2014, the Missouri River headwaters became the pilot project for the National Drought Resilience Partnership, an initiative to build national capabilities for long-term drought resilience, and starting in 2015, Chris Carparelli, of AmeriCorps, began working with stakeholders to develop a drought resiliency plan. The finished product is now available for consultation when dry conditions or drought return, but it will be up to the stakeholders involved to keep it up-to-date and relevant. Learn more about the case study here.
AMS journal article gives 'ecological drought'
a 21st century definition
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A new article in the American Meteorological Society journal argues drought's effect on ecosystems can have a large impact on humans, but is often overlooked. To address the problem, a team of scientists from academic, federal and nonprofit organizations defined "ecological drought" through a 21st century lens.
"We define the term ecological drought as an episodic deficit in water availability that drives ecosystems beyond thresholds of vulnerability, impacts ecosystem services, and triggers feedbacks in natural and/or human systems," they write. More research is planned.

Access the journal article here.
2015 Oregon drought fuels research project, benefits state
Rianne BeCraft's master's thesis on the 2015 Oregon drought didn't just earn her a degree in Water Resources Policy and Management. It also benefited the state by reviewing documented drought conditions, impacts and response strategies. BeCraft then went a step further and provided recommendations based on those recorded data sets. Access her summary, report and recommendations 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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