The West Wide Drought Tracker (WWDT) was developed to overcome some limitations of existing drought monitoring tools through a set of applied data and visualization platforms to enhance access to data on climate and drought indices at finer spatial scales (Abatzoglou et al., 2017).
The WWDT uses PRISM (Parameter-elevation Regression on Independent Slopes Model) data to compute temperature and precipitation anomalies and percentiles, as well as a suite of drought indices including the Palmer Drought Severity Index, Standardized Precipitation Index, and Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index.
Datasets, software, and computer resources that are used to generate current WWDT data are in need of updating. Additionally, new access to cloud computing, APIs, and cloud data catalogs via Google Earth Engine and Climate Engine offer numerous advantages for operational computation and storage to minimize costs and maintenance over the long term. The goal of this project is to develop a modernized version of the WWDT.
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