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

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Identifying Environmental Databases for Drought Impact Studies in the NIDIS Southeast Pilot Study
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Pamela N. Knox, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA; and L. S. Darby, C. McNutt, and D. E. Stooksbury

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has undertaken a pilot program in the southeastern United States to identify drought indicators and triggers that will allow advanced warning and mitigation of future droughts in this region. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system, which flows through Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, was chosen because of its wide range of stakeholders and political importance in the interstate “water wars.” As an initial part of this pilot program, a working group of scientists, water managers and other stakeholders from the three states was convened to identify sources of data which could provide the basis for drought studies in the ACF basin. Based on their work, a spreadsheet containing a “database of databases” was produced using Google Docs and has been made available on the NIDIS drought portal. This collaborative method of collecting a wide variety of atmospheric, surface, and biological information could serve as a model for future drought impact studies across the country.

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