Central Region

Drought - W KS July 2013 Drought - Spring 2013

NOAA is charged with helping society understand, plan for, and respond to climate variability and change and is committed to providing a suite of relevant climate products and services to help governments,businesses, and communities manage climate risks, adapt to changing conditions, and reduce the threat of climate change. Climate change, its impacts, and society’s responses to those impacts have emerged as important concerns with many of NOAA’s constituents in the Central region.

Along with a group of regional climate and social science experts, the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team (CRT) works to understand stakeholder needs in both short and long term time scales as climate variability and change occurs or is projected to occur across the region.

The NOAA Central Region Team provides support to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDS) on planning and development of Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) for the Missouri River Basin and the Midwest. Team members serve in leadership and supporting roles in a multi-year process to determine regional needs, develop and strengthen partnerships, explore solutions to meet gaps and connect resources.

Drought River

A Drought Early Warning System provides an opportunity to create a system to help decision makers at all levels access climate data and information, promote revision and development of tailored drought plans, and explore mechanisms to address regional gaps—such as the need for increased monitoring. These results provide a valuable resource for preparing and responding to drought conditions throughout the region.

To learn more about the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and regional Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) visit www.drought.gov.

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