Drought assessment is being outpaced by climate change. Current methods for assessing drought conditions are not adequately considering drought in the context of climate change, thereby unintentionally promoting drought response strategies that are limited in building long-term resilience in a changing climate.
On February 28–March 1, 2023, NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Climate Hubs will co-host a Technical Workshop on Drought Assessment in a Changing Climate in Boulder, Colorado.
A pre-workshop virtual webinar will also be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 11 am – 2pm MST.
The desired outcomes of this technical workshop are to:
Share information on the state of current research on drought monitoring and assessment in a changing climate
Identify immediate actions as well as long-term recommendations that can be taken now to improve drought assessment to incorporate climate change information
Identify outstanding research questions that would help advance the science of drought monitoring and assessment in a changing change and provide science-based knowledge in support of Federal drought programs and partners
Deliver input to support the development of a synthesis paper from the workshop, to serve as a commentary on the key takeaways relevant for improving drought assessment and a strategy for solutions to these challenges, including:
Specific needs for changes to drought monitoring/assessment protocols to incorporate climate change information
Sectors/systems where drought monitoring needs to be improved/defined, and the appropriate reference periods to inform response/adaptation in these systems
Who Should Attend?
The audience for the February 10 Webinar is scientists, practitioners, and the broader community of drought professionals to learn more about the state of current research on drought assessment in a changing climate.
The audience for the February 28-March 1 Technical Workshop is scientists, data providers, and practitioners engaged in drought assessment, as well as in incorporating climate information to better understand how drought risk is changing as the climate changes.
There is no registration fee to attend the virtual webinar or the technical workshop. Note that this event takes place over a virtual webinar and an in-person technical workshop. You must register for both and commit to attending or viewing the webinar recording before the technical workshop.
Register for the Pre-Workshop Webinar on the State of the Science on February 10, 2023:
Register for the Technical Workshop in Boulder, CO on February 28 – March 1, 2023:
Technical Workshop Logistics
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
- UCAR Meeting Website
- ***Limited travel support may be available upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by January 17, 2023.
Please note: Due to the nature of this technical workshop as a working meeting, we do not plan on a meaningful virtual component and encourage your in-person participation.
Please see these directions to UCAR’s Center Green campus in Boulder, CO. Parking is available.
A complimentary room block will be available—details coming soon.
If you have questions about the technical workshop, please contact Britt Parker or Elizabeth Ossowski.