The NDMC works to reduce societal vulnerability to drought by helping decision makers at all levels to: implement drought early warning systems, understand and prevent drought impacts, and increase long-term resilience to drought through proactive planning. The NDMC is a national/international center founded in 1995 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The NDMC conducts basic and applied research in the areas of development and maintenance of a number of operational drought-related decision support tools and databases, education, outreach and other services in the United States and around the world.
This presentation will describe in more detail the various combined drought indicator efforts that the NDMC and partners around the world have been involved in as we work to complement in situ networks with the best that satellites and models can provide while utilizing the strengths of multiple indicators in order to customize drought early warning systems for specific regions, seasons or sectors. Special attention will be paid to our current work with USAID and partners at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), the Water for Food Global Institute (WFI) at the University of Nebraska, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in the Middle East and North Africa.