92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 3:30 PM
The Global Drought Monitor Portal—the Foundation for a Global Drought Early Warning System [INVITED]
Room 350/351 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Michael J. Brewer, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC; and R. Heim, W. Pozzi, J. Vogt, and J. Sheffield

Drought monitoring, assessment, forecasting, response, mitigation, and adaptation – even the very definition of drought – are dependent on the climate of the location experiencing drought. The diverse climates of the world will play a role in the creation of regional and global drought monitoring, information, and early warning systems. Such systems have been created in a number of countries around the world, and some regional and continental efforts have been successful. However, the creation of a Global Drought Early Warning System (GDEWS) remains elusive. At a series of workshops in 2010, the US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) agreed to take the first step toward a GDEWS, the formation of a Global Drought Monitoring Portal (GDMP). This effort currently covers three continents – North America, Europe, and Africa – and provides global drought indicator information through satellite products and Global Historical Climate Network locations. The GDMP has benefited from coordination with WMO and GEO. Other nations have expressed interest in contributing and new regional and continental information should be online shortly. This paper presents the capabilities of the GDMP to link the monitoring, forecasting, research, and impacts aspects of international drought as well as the advantages of using common architecture through GEO to facilitate transfer and interoperability of GDEWS-related information.

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