Flash Drought Virtual Workshop
NIDIS hosted this virtual workshop for subject matter experts and others - including end users of drought information - to share perspectives on flash drought and to jointly identify a research pathway to address the management and response challenges flash drought poses.
The Flash Drought Workshop had four main objectives:
- Strive for agreement on the basic set of characteristics to which definitions of flash drought should adhere; explore “most useful” flash drought definitions by sector, region, and application.
- Discuss, understand, and document how existing tools and research can be shaped to meet user needs both in the near-term and in the future.
- Develop a list of outstanding research needs in monitoring, prediction, and planning/response to improve early warning.
- Agree upon next steps for this emerging domain and how NIDIS and other partners can support research and coordination.
Read the workshop report, view a summary of key takeaways, or read a flash drought literature review synthesizing existing research and its range of proposed definitions for flash drought. You can also access recordings of all the workshop presentations below.
Recorded Workshop Presentations
Day 1: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
|Full Session Recording||Marina Skumanich, NIDIS; Veva Deheza, NIDIS; Presenters|
|Flash Drought Origin Story||Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Flash Droughts in Georgia in 2016 and 2019||Pam Knox, University of Georgia|
|Flash Drought in Missouri in 2012||Pat Guinan, University of Missouri|
|Flash Drought in Montana in 2017||Michael Downey, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation|
|Flash Drought in Perceptions Survey||Tonya Haigh, NDMC|
|Full Session Recording||Marina Skumanich, NIDIS; Joel Lisonbee, NIDIS; Breakout Group Leaders|
|Flash Drought Literature Review||Joel Lisonbee, NIDIS|
Day 2: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
|Full Session Recording||Joel Lisonbee, NIDIS; Breakout Group Leaders|
Day 3: Thursday, December 3, 2020
|Full Session Recording||Molly Woloszyn, NIDIS; Presenters|
|Monitoring Research Challenges and Needs||Jason Otkin, University of Wisconsin; Mark Svoboda, NDMC|
|Prediction Research Challenges and Needs||Andy Hoell, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory; Hailan Wang, NOAA Climate Prediction Center|
|Planning & Response Research Challenges and Needs||Tim Hall, Iowa Department of Natural Resources|
|Full Session Recording||Molly Woloszyn, Joel Lisonbee, and Veva Deheza, NIDIS; Breakout Group Leaders|
In planning this workshop, NIDIS would like to acknowledge the contributions of Andy Hoell (NOAA), Jason Otkin (University of Wisconsin), Mark Svoboda (NDMC), Mike Hobbins (NOAA), and Roger Pulwarty (NOAA).