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NC CSC Researcher Publishes Chapter on Drought Monitoring

North Central Climate Science Center researcher Gabriel Senay is among a group of USGS scientists to publish a book chapter highlighting their work on the use of remote sensing and hydrologic modeling in global drought monitoring efforts. 

The chapter, titled “Drought Monitoring and Assessment: Remote Sensing and Modeling Approaches for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network” discusses how satellite data can be used to provide food insecure and famine-prone regions with drought indicators that can assist with management and planning. When data gathered from these satellites is run through hydrologic models, resource managers are able to detect shortages in rainfall and soil moisture early enough in the growing season to plan for alternative crop management and food distribution. This system has been vital to the success of the USAID-led Famine Early Warning Systems Network which identifies problems in the food supply that could lead to food security issues in the developing world.

Gabriel has been with the Climate Science Center since August, contributing his knowledge on agro-hydrologic modeling to improve data and information products for climate and land use research. His chapter can be found in Hydro-Meteorological Hazards, Risks, and Disasters (Academic Press, 2014) and more information on this topic and the USGS efforts to perfect the Famine Early Warning Systems Network can be found at http://earlywarning.usgs.gov/fews/.