U.S. Drought Monitor

Created: 8/01/2017 - Updated: 2/27/2020

Overview

The U.S. Drought Portal is an online portal that connects users to a variety of drought-, hydrological-, climate- and climate impact-related tools, products, regional programs, and resources. User-friendly and accessible products include current drought and climate monitoring platforms (e.g., the U.S. Drought Monitor), drought impact reporting and monitoring databases (e.g., the Drought Impacts Reporter), and forecasts related to drought and other climatological conditions. Users can investigate regional or state-level drought conditions, topic discussions, programs, and resources, and/or access a variety of tools that can be used to assess and plan for drought conditions, such as the Drought Management Database, which houses drought preparation, mitigation, and response strategies being employed across the country. The variety of information accessible through the U.S. Drought Portal can most likely be used by a variety of different sectors and in a variety of different adaptation applications.

Phase of Adaptation: Awareness, Assessment, Planning

Audience

Natural resource managers, water utility managers, planners, policymakers, local/state/regional authorities, farmers, scientists

Organization(s)

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

Keywords

Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Type of Tool
Other Climate Change or Adaptation Portals
Visualization
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products