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

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 3:30 PM
Melding Local Knowledge with Scientific Data to Fill a Climate Monitoring Gap in the US Southwest
Room 243 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Daniel Ferguson, CLIMAS, Tucson, AZ; and M. Crimmins and A. Meadow

This presentation describes ongoing work to improve drought monitoring with natural resource managers from the Hopi Tribe in northern Arizona. The Tribal Drought Information for Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning (DrI-MAP) project, funded by NOAA's Sectoral Applications Research Program, is bringing together information from traditional climate data sources (i.e., weather stations, streamflow gages, and satellite imagery) with drought impacts data collected on the ground by tribal resource managers and technicians to try to provide a more accurate characterization of current and historical drought conditions in the Four Corners region of the US Southwest. A primary goal of the project is to help improve tribal drought policy by generating a consistent stream of data and information about local drought impacts so that tribal decision makers have sufficient information to make confident decisions related to drought. This presentation will describe some of the methods our team has used to integrate local knowledge with traditional scientific data and will also briefly touch on the potential utility of this work for longer term climate adaptation planning in the Four Corners.

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