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Improving the National Water Census using Remote Sensing Data

As remote sensing data from the  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Landsat satellite continue to improve, scientists met recently to see whether remotely-sensed irrigation water use data could be incorporated into the National Water Census (NWC). 

The NWC provides information that resource managers use to assess the supply, use, and availability of the nation’s water. 

Introducing LERI

Introducing LERI, a new high-resolution and remotely-sensed drought monitoring tool

Key points:

  • Remotely-sensed
  • High resolution (1 km)
  • Measures deviations in the evapotranspiration response from land
  • Indicates relative dryness in top soil layers
  • Complements other drought indices and modeled soil moisture products
  • Drought early warning and wildfire risk potential

Winter Missouri River Basin Quarterly Climate Outlook Available

During December - February 2018, temperatures and precipiation varied. A new Quarterly Outlook from the National Integrated Drought Information System outlines temperature and precipitation anomalies as well as notable impacts for the region. 

National Park Service Climate Change Response Program Newsletter

The National Park Service has compiled a 2016 Q2 Climate Change Response Program Newsletter detailing projects relevant to the NC CSC region, including the future ecoogy of Crater Lake in Colorado and scaling climate adaptation in the Northern Great Plains.


The latest in a series of Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook newsletters was just released for the Missouri River basin states. This newsletter offers an engaging two-page snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies, discusses regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy, and offers a climate forecast for the coming three months.

This publication - developed in partnership with many federal, state, local, and academic contributions - is released in September, December, March and June.

WWA released Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) Report

The Western Water Assessment recently released a short informational report describing the Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI). EDDI is a drought index that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving “flash” droughts (developing over a few weeks) and sustained droughts (developing over months but lasting up to years).

Missouri River Basin El Niño Report

The NC CSC recently participated in a regional collaboration with the High Plains Regional Climate Center, among others, to produce the Missouri River Basin El Niño report. This fact sheet explains some of the expected impacts of the 2015 El Niño event on the Missouri River Basin, as well as the outlook for the early spring.

You can view the fact sheet here:



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.

NC CSC El Nino Webinar Draws a Crowd

The current El Nino weather pattern moving over the continental US has a 90% chance of lasting through the fall and around an 85% chance of lasting through the 2015-16 winter, which could mean a warm season for parts of the north central region according to Imtiaz Rangwala and Joe Barsugli, climate drivers team leads for the North Central Climate Science Center.

Climate Driver’s Team Lead Publishes Article on Warming in Boreal Midlatitudes

Imtiaz Rangwala, co-lead of the North Central Climate Science Center’s climate drivers foundational science area, recently published an article on elevation dependent warming in boreal midlatitudes.


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