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Missouri River Basin User Forum: Drought Early Warning for the Upper Basin - May 23-25

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)
Rapid City, SD

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The meeting focused on further developing the Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System (MRB DEWS).  It was the second of two meetings in 2017; the first meeting was held March 7-9 in Nebraska City, NE and focused specifically on the Lower Basin. This meeting focused on the Upper Basin, above Gavins Point Dam (MT, WY, ND, and SD).

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

Partners:  The meeting was held in collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the Western States Water Council, and the American Association of State Climatologists. 



Developing a Drought Early Warning Information System (DEWS) in the Missouri River Basin: A Historical Perspective –  Chad McNutt, NOAA/NIDIS 

A Baseline for the DEWS: Need and Gaps Identified from the 2014 Kickoff Meeting – Tonya Haigh, NDMC and Doug Kluck, NOAA

Summary of the Missouri River Basin User Forum in the Lower Basin – Mark Svoboda, NDMC

Panel 1: Upper Basin Tribal Drought Activities

Panel 2: State Drought Progress: Monitoring and Planning

  • South Dakota – Mark Rath, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • North Dakota – Chris Korkowski, North Dakota State Water Commission
  • Montana – Ada Montague, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Wyoming – Beth Callaway, Wyoming State Engineer's Office

Drought and Health Information for Decision-Makers – Jesse Bell, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University

Panel 3: Across the Missouri River Basin Drought Activities

Panel 4: Watersheds, States, and Tribes: Drought Planning in the Upper Basin

Drought Vulnerability Assessments: Who Needs Them and Why – Cody Knutson, NDMC

Climate Variability in the Missouri Basin: Recent Findings – Doug Kluck, NOAA



High Plains Climate Region
Western Climate Region


North Dakota
South Dakota

DEWS Regions

Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System