Evapotranspiration Data Added to Climate Dashboard
Through partnership with the CIRES Western Water Assessment (WWA) at the University of Colorado and the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, the North Central Climate Science Center was recently able to add an Evapotranspiration (ET) Anomaly product to the Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard, which is a recent extension of the WWA's Intermountain West Climate Dashboard. The dashboard format allows stakeholders and researchers to quickly view several dozen climate, drought, and water graphics, regularly updated by multiple providers, in one location.
The USGS Evapotranspiration (ET) Anomaly product offers a unique dimension to the suite of environmental products currently supplied by the regional dashboard. Together, these products help to build consensus on the current and emerging climate impacts in the north-central region through the convergence of multiple lines of evidence. The Seasonal ET Anomaly graphics, with a spatial resolution of 1 square km, are updated every 8 days for use in monitoring severity and extent of drought hazard in the region during the growing season from April to October.
The NC CSC wishes to acknowledge the Western Water Assessment's role in creating and maintaining these dashboards. In addition to improving regional access to climate data, these dashboards help to increase the visibility and usefulness of ET and other products, particularly when made available alongside established drought monitoring products such as the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI), Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and soil moisture anomalies.