In this issue: From enhancing drought planning outreach to decimating the Mayans
August 2018
Colorado River photograph
Illustration Credit: Arizona Department of Water Resources
Giving them something to talk about
Getting public input on drought planning can be a challenge. The Arizona Department of Water Resources recently expanded their Drought Contingency Planning web site to include videos showing split screen display of stakeholder committee discussions alongside the PowerPoint presentations committee members were viewing. The Arizona process is part of decades-long multi-state negotiations of Colorado River allotments to California, Nevada and Arizona.

Meeting agendas and handouts are also available on the web site, which has had almost 1,000 page views since June 1, 2018.

Could the ADWR DCP site be a model for posting drought planning information for your state?
Map of United States showing climate region offices
 Graphic Credit: NOAA National Centers for Environmental  Information
Is there a climatologist in your Twitter feed?
You may know the name of your state climatologist, but are you staying up-to-date on the latest climate observations available from his/her office? What about from your regional climate service? Keep track of climate info for your area by finding and following your local experts using this list of state climate offices and regional climate centers available on Twitter.
Photo of Maya pyramid
Photo Credit: Free Images; el castillo
Was it drought that took Maya cities out?
A study published this month in Earth & Space Science News reveals reveals how new techniques for analysis of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in gypsum deposits point toward frequent, severe droughts as a potential contributing factor to the abandonment of Maya settlements. What can modern planners learn from the drought experience of this ancient culture?

Upcoming Drought & Climate Webinars from NIDIS

Thursday, August 16: North Central U.S. Monthly Climate & Drought Summary & Outlook

Monday, August 27: Pacific Northwest Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar

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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