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Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Early Warning Capacity Meeting - March 1

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (All day)
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Richard Cronin Building, Room 108 and Room 110, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA

Image displays drought conditions in the Northeast as of February 21, 2017. Drought is still greatly affecting the Northeast especially with in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In 2016, the Northeast suffered one of its worst droughts in decades. On October 11, 2016, a Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum was held at UMASS Boston to discuss drought conditions in the region, impacts of the drought, response and preparedness resources, and climate outlooks for the upcoming season.  That forum was developed through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), U.S. Representative Seth Moulton’s (MA-6) office, and the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)

As the drought continues and expands southward in Connecticut and Rhode Island, this partnership hosted two targeted meetings in New York and Massachusetts to:

  • conduct a drought assessment
  • better understand the specific drought impacts as well as missing pieces that would have strengthened drought resilience and response through the drought period
  • identify what types of drought indicators and early warnings we could integrate into a Drought Early Warning System.

These Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Drought Early Warning Capacity Meetings convened stakeholders throughout the Northeast to:

  • provide information on current drought conditions and what’s ahead for drought in 2017;
  • discuss sector-based drought impacts to date;
  • conduct breakout sessions to discuss drought information needs; and
  • solicit feedback, determine next steps, and identify action items.

Speakers included experts from the USDA’s Northeast AgHub, the NRCC, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service.  Also invited were state leaders from state climatologists’ offices, industry associations, and others.

Download a two-page summary of the meeting

Download “Coping with Drought and its Aftermath in the Northeast,” a report on the post-drought assessment workshops in February and March 2017

Watch a video replay of the meeting



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