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Missouri River Basin User Forum: Drought Early Warning for the Lower Basin - March 8-9

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2:00 pm EST to Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 pm EST
Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska

The assembled group of participants at the meetingThis working meeting assessed the current status of drought monitoring and prediction in the Missouri River Basin (MRB), with a focus on the lower basin, below Gavins Point Dam.  A similar meeting will was held in Rapid City, SD for the upper basin May 24-25, 2017.

Objectives:

  • Assess current status of drought early warning in the Missouri River Basin
  • Identify next steps to improve the MRB Drought Early Warning System with a focus on the Lower Basin

Discussion topics:

  • Current status of drought monitoring and prediction in the Basin
  • Identify states, tribes, watersheds, and municipalities engaged in drought planning and how early warning information matches these efforts
  • Identify opportunities to improve monitoring and forecasting, such as improving soil moisture data

For more information, contact Chad McNutt, chad.mcnutt@noaa.gov.


Agenda


Presentations

A Baseline for the DEWS: Needs and Gaps Identified from the 2014 Kickoff Meeting – Tonya Haigh, Tonya Bernadt, Nicole Wall / National Drought Mitigation Center; Doug Kluck / NOAA

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI): an emerging drought-monitoring & early warning tool Mike Hobbins, NOAA / Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences / University of Colorado

Capacity Building with Tribes in the Missouri River Basin through the Development of Climate Summaries – Crystal Stiles / High Plains Regional Climate Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

National Soil Moisture Network – Chad McNutt, NOAA/NIDIS

World Cafe – Nicole Wall and Tonya Bernadt, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Drought Impacts: How things have changed – Kelly Helm Smith, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

USDA Midwest Climate Hub – Dennis Todey, Midwest Climate Hub

Summary of Drought Management Exercises – Deborah Bathke, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Vulnerability and Assessment Case Studies – Cody Knutson, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): A Composite Index for Monitoring Short-Term Drought Conditions – Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Climate Study: Recent Findings for the Missouri Basin – Doug Kluck, NOAA

 

Regions

High Plains Climate Region
Midwest Climate Region
Western Climate Region

States

Colorado
Iowa
Kansas
Minnesota
Missouri
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wyoming

DEWS Regions

Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System