Recurrent drought is a dominant climate feature across the North Central region. In the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain regions, drought manifests itself through limited rainfall, reduced snowpack and early spring runoff, periods of extended high temperatures, or any combination of these climatic conditions. These manifestations directly impact natural resource and human communities.
As such, drought is a focal research theme used by the NC CSC to organize and integrate the three foundational science areas (climate, ecological impacts and human adaptation). What drives drought, what impacts it causes, and how communities are prepared to adapt are important research questions for scientists in the north central region. Our research on the subject furthers understanding of how regional land managers can prepare for and manage land in this drought prone area.