Ecological Drought in the North Central United States
As part of a national effort, the North Central Climate Science Center put together a report on Ecological Drought in the North Central United States to help chart the way forward in research and planning. The report came from a workshop held in late 2015.
The report includes predicted climate impacts for the region and a discussion about drought and water scarcity. "The North Central Climate Science Center is working closely with the Western Water Assessment and the U.S. Department of Agriculture North Great Plains Regional Climate Hub to coordinate efforts on climate in general and drought resilience in particular. The North Central Climate Science Center is focused on providing credible, salient, and legitimate information for stakeholders in the region," wrote NCCSC director Jeff Morisette.
Participants of the workshop included representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Slideshow Photo: Green Mountain Reservoir, by Carol Jacobs-Carre