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Climate Services and Activities that Support Drought Early Warning for Indiana and the Midwest Region

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

The Indiana State Climate Office is in the process of developing an enhanced flash drought risk tool that can be utilized by government agencies, communicators, and the public to monitor conditions and be alerted at least one week in advance when flash drought conditions appear favorable. This project is enhancing the tool with robust flash drought indicators, and utilizing machine learning to develop the flash drought risk tool. This project is also teaming up with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Department of Homeland Security to convene workshops with key stakeholders across the state to coordinate efforts for drought response and planning. 

Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
October 2019 - September 2021
Principal Investigator(s)
Beth Hall, Purdue University

What to expect from this research

  • A Flash Drought Risk Tool, which will be made available through the Midwest DEWS network
  • Online resource that describes the drought preparedness workshops, including materials used

Key Regions

Research Scope
DEWS Region(s)