Nevada is both the driest state in the U.S. and one of the places most frequently impacted by drought. The state’s topography is complex, with numerous north–south trending mountain ranges separated by valleys. It is also not adequately monitored for drought, negatively impacting drought detection and monitoring, particularly in rural areas. Key recommendations from the 2015 Nevada Drought Forum included assessing monitoring needs and filling gaps. The specific goals for this project are to:
- Conduct an inventory of weather stations in Nevada and identify a subset of stations that provide data specific to drought monitoring.
- Identify major monitoring gaps across the state.
- Prioritize areas for network augmentation.
- Document remotely sensed and modeled products already being used by U.S. Drought Monitor authors.
- Work with key local stakeholders (e.g., National Weather Service, Bureau of Land Management, University of Nevada, Reno Extension) to make recommendations for (a) network development and (b) research priorities related to evaluating remotely sensed and modeled products used for drought monitoring.
- Make the inventory and gap analysis accessible so that users can access station metadata and links to recognized monitoring network information and produce a report documenting methods and findings.
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