What we learn from recent drought experiences can help reduce the social and environmental effects of future droughts. One of the challenges is in connecting scientific research with ranchers and other land managers whose day-to-day decisions determine how the next drought will affect not just their own herds, but the complex ecosystems that support cattle and many other species. This research will incorporate data and observations from on-the-ground decision makers, using state-of-the-art technology (including remote sensing and machine learning) to boil down vast amounts of data for easier use.
The new “EcoDri” framework for effective and efficient information delivery will be rooted in the needs and preferences of users with boots on the ground, allowing them to both provide information and to access streams of clearly condensed, relevant data.
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (email@example.com).