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The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin Drought Dashboard

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Main Summary

The ACF Drought Dashboard is a suite of customized information and tools to provide drought information and support decision making across the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin. This Dashboard will be useful to a broad range of users, from climate experts to the general public. A key feature will be a new ACF Drought Story Map that will provide the context to help interpret the data and support public education about drought impacts in the basin. 

Why is an ACF Drought Dashboard needed?

The ACF River Basin experiences complex water management challenges due to competing water needs between states and various sectors. Water supplies and instream flows become even more stressed during periods of drought, further intensifying the conflict over water. Targeted improvements for accessing and using drought information in the ACF can improve broader understanding of how drought affects the basin, while also providing essential early warning and support for decision makers before, during, and after a drought. 

How was this Dashboard developed?

A series of four listening sessions in 2020 gathered input from a broad range of drought information producers and users. This input was utilized while building the Dashboard components to ensure that its design is user-driven and meets the diverse drought information needs across the region. 

The ACF Drought Dashboard website launch is expected in Spring 2021.

For more information, please contact Meredith Muth (

Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
2019 - 2021
Principal Investigator
Mark Masters, Albany State University
Project Funding
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), ACF River Basin DEWS
Features of the ACF Dashboard

The ACF Dashboard will be accessed via the U.S. Drought Portal ( which consists of current, reliable, and useful information and resources related to drought. ACF Dashboard features include the following:

Current Conditions

What are current drought conditions across the ACF River Basin and in your locality? This page will provide real-time updates on current drought status across the basin and in your local area.

Drought Outlooks

What will drought look like in the future? This page will provide information on what can be expected in the next few months.

ACF Drought Story Map

Why does drought matter in the ACF? This story map will provide historical context on drought impacts throughout the basin, with a focus on water use and ecosystem impacts.

Climate Engine

How can I dig deeper into the data? Climate Engine uses Google’s Earth Engine for on-demand processing of satellite and climate data via a web browser. Perfect for pro-users and the research community to further monitor and analyze drought-related data.

ACF Drought Resources

Who should I contact for more information? This page will identify key regional and state contacts that you can reach out to for more information on drought in the region.

Key Regions
Research Scope
DEWS Region(s)