6 Drought.gov, the Website for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Monday, 8 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Steve Ansari, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, NC; and N. McCraw, A. Stowell, and K. Bogan

The National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-430) (NIDIS, 2006) was introduced in the U.S. Congress and subsequently signed by the President in 2006. The goal of NIDIS is to improve the nation’s capacity to proactively manage drought-related risks, by providing those affected with the best available information and tools to assess the potential impacts of drought, and to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. The NIDIS Implementation Plan supports the creation and sustainment of interactive delivery systems including a website (Drought.gov) for easily comprehensible and standardized products (databases, forecasts, geographic information system (GIS)-based products, maps, etc.).

This presentation will outline the major sections and features of Drought.gov, including the aspects of responsive design, 508 compliance / accessibility, performance and analytics.

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