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Workshop on Drought and Aquatic Ecosystems in the Southeast U.S.

Jan 7
January 7, 2025 - January 9, 2025
Raleigh, NC
Multicolored underwater landscape in the river. Photo credit: Kichigin, Shutterstock.

Given the broad interest and need to better understand and plan for ecological drought in the Southeast, the USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), in support of the Southeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), will convene a 3-day workshop addressing drought and low-flow in the Southeast. This workshop, "Drought and Aquatic Ecosystems in the Southeast: Informing drought response and ecological resilience to future low-flow events," will be held on January 7–9, 2025, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Theme 1 will focus on understanding drought/low-flow ecosystem impacts and water resource management in the context of the Southeast.
  • Theme 2 will focus on ecological drought monitoring and response in the near-term.
  • Theme 3 will focus on incorporating drought/low-flow in long-term resilience and adaptation planning.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to share available science, resources, and best practices; jointly identify key management priorities and research questions; and expand the region’s ability to respond and prepare for future droughts. 

Registration for the workshop will open in August on the workshop website. Sign up on this website to be notified when registration opens. Further agenda details to come. 

Workshop Logistics

When: January 7–9, 2025

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina

Who: The intended audience for this workshop are federal, Tribal, regional and state natural resource managers, water resource managers, drought planners, regional boundary organizations (water and climate), scientists, and data providers. The geographic scope will be Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

For more information, please contact Meredith Muth.