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Enhancing Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in the Upper Missouri River Basin

Project Status

A key need at the headwaters of the Upper Missouri River Basin is the improved technical capacity of state-designated drought task forces, such as the Montana Drought and Surface Water Supply Advisory Committee. This project will address this need in two ways:

  1. By developing a drought indicators dashboard that integrates high-quality data (both gridded and point) from federal, state, and academic sources to calculate and display drought indices and indicators on a daily basis
  2. By conducting an extensive validation analysis of drought indices to soil moisture in order to quantify drought metric performance and estimate optimal drought timescales for soil moisture monitoring across the region.

The project's goal is to work with managers to co-develop guidelines for understanding which indices work well at certain times of the year, or in given locations, to promote data-driven drought decision making in the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).

For more information, view this project's research profile.

General Location
Specific Location
North Dakota
South Dakota
Missouri River Basin
Key Partners
Montana Climate Office
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
U.S. Forest Service
DEWS Components
Observation & Monitoring
Planning & Preparedness
Communication & Outreach
Research & Applications