A four-year (2022–2026) strategic action plan for the Northeast Drought Early Warning System will soon be released by NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). This plan identifies outcomes and activities that will move national and regional drought response from a reactive posture to a more proactive posture. Within NIDIS, a regional Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) utilizes new and existing networks of federal, tribal, state, local, and academic partnerships to make climate and drought science accessible and useful for decision makers and stakeholders.
This webinar will highlight touchpoints between activities in the Northeast DEWS and the mission of the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. These touchpoints include ecological drought research and drought monitoring, work with indigenous peoples on climate adaptation, improving streamflow forecasts to enhance water management, and much more. As a part of the "whole of government" approach to climate resilience, our agencies can leverage these touchpoints to address drought impacts both in the Northeast and across the nation.