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Northern Plains Drought Impact Assessment

NIDIS Supported Research
NIDIS-Supported Research
Main Summary

The 2017 drought was a rapid-onset event for northeast Montana, the Dakotas, and the Canadian Prairies during the spring and summer of 2017. It was the worst drought to impact the U.S. Northern Plains in decades, and it decimated crops across the region, resulting in $2.6 billion in agricultural losses in the U.S. alone, not including additional losses in Canada. The unique circumstances of this drought created an opportunity to evaluate and improve the efficacy of drought-related coordination, communication, and management within the region in preparation for future droughts. This impact assessment includes the evolution of the drought, drought impacts, reponses, lessons learned, and needs and gaps in the region based on this experience. 

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Research Snapshot

Research Timeline
December 2017 - May 2019
Principal Investigator(s)
Britt Parker, NOAA; Kelsey Jencso, Montana Climate Office
Related Topics

Key Regions

Research Scope
DEWS Region(s)
Tribal Nations
Upper Missouri River Basin Tribes