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Linking Indicators of Drought Hazard to Multi-Sectoral Impacts: An Application to California

Project Timeline
September 2020 - August 2022
Project Status

One of the challenges facing drought preparedness is how to refine linkages between drought indicators and drought impacts across multiple sectors and identify triggers and thresholds for drought response. This is particularly challenging in the western United States, where extensive water storage and conveyance systems help mitigate local drought conditions. In these settings, current indicators of drought hazard—which focus on local supply conditions—may have limited connection with actual water scarcity. This project seeks to develop a methodology for evaluating drought impacts and risk in water and land-use sectors in California and similar regions that have extensive water storage and conveyance systems.

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General Location
Specific Location
California Nevada
Key Partners
Public Policy Institute of California
Water Utilities
DEWS Components
Observation & Monitoring
Planning & Preparedness
Research & Applications