The NOAA Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program organizes the Drought Task Force IV (DTF IV) to coordinate the activities of researchers supported through the MAPP/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Fiscal Year 2020 grant competition, "Characterizing and Anticipating U.S. Droughts’ Complex Interactions." The goal of this research initiative is to advance the understanding of drought causes and predictability, as well as drought modeling, prediction, and monitoring capabilities. This initiative builds on three previous MAPP Drought Task Force efforts (DTF I, DTF II, and DTF III) and decades of preceding research on drought, hydroclimate, and related modeling.
The core membership of the Task Force is composed of MAPP/NIDIS-funded investigators from universities, NOAA, and other federal centers and laboratories. Membership in the Task Force can also include invited scientists and other individuals from across the community with interest and expertise in Drought Task Force research areas.
The Drought Task Force IV leads are:
- Rong Fu (Co-Lead), University of California Los Angeles
- Andrew Hoell (Co-Lead), NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory
- Justin Mankin (Co-Lead), Dartmouth College
- Isla Simpson (Co-Lead), National Center for Atmospheric Research
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