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Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (All day)
Pacific Time
Portland, Oregon

cover of meeting report with logos of partner organizationsThis kickoff meeting formally launched the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System by bringing together federal, tribal, state, academic, and local partners and stakeholders for an in-depth discussion on drought in the region, with attention to water, climate, land and emergency management. The primary goal was to develop a system to meet the information needs of decision makers in the region. Desired outcomes included:

  • Increasing the knowledge and awareness of present decision-support tools and processes, including NIDIS and its partners
  • Identifying knowledge and information gaps.
  • Developing recommendations for improved early warning, which would include better coordination of integrating, displaying, and distributing climate, weather and water data and information.
  • Developing recommendations for future actions, collaborative research, and decision support tools.
  • Identifying baseline evaluation metrics for drought and its associated impacts.

Read a report on the meeting

To learn more about the activities leading up to the launch of this DEWS, download "Collaborating for resilience: Interagency partnerships target drought planning, mitigation" (pdf).  For more information about the Pacific Northwest DEWS, contact Alicia Marrs (

Download the agenda (pdf)

List of registrants (pdf)


Day 1


Drought & Climate Outlook

Goals & Objectives
A Partnership in Building Resilience: NIDIS Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System - Veva Deheza (NOAA/NIDIS)

History of Drought in the Region

How are Drought and Water Managed in the PNW

State Drought Plans and Policies

Federally Sponsored Drought-Related Resources

Day 2

What is a Drought Early Warning System? - Alicia Marrs (NOAA/NIDIS)

The U.S. Drought Monitor: Percentiles, Parameters, People, Process, Policy and Possibilities - Mark Svoboda (NDMC)

Monitoring and Impacts: Local/Regional/National Tools & Initiatives

What we learned and heard from the Coastal Drought Outlook Meeting in Vancouver- Karin Bumbaco (OWSC)

Incorporating Climate Change into Water Planning

DEWS Regions

Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System