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Groundwater and Drought: Additional Federal Resources

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Interagency Collaboration

The USGS collaborates with other government agencies to share information and coordinate science activities. Some collaborations are specific to individual projects. Other collaborations are ongoing through formal committees or groups. Examples of national multi-agency committees whose mission or scope include issues related to groundwater and drought include:

National Drought Resilience Partnership

Launched in November 2013, the National Drought Resilience Partnership will make it easier for communities to access the drought assistance they need by promoting strong partnership and information sharing at all levels of government. It will also build on existing efforts to provide States, Tribes and local communities risk-informed decision making tools for drought preparedness planning.

Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI)

ACWI works to improve water information available for decision makers. The ACWI Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) develops and encourages implementation of a nationwide, long term groundwater quantity and quality monitoring framework that would provide information necessary for the planning, management, and development of groundwater supplies, including planning for and responding to drought.

Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality (SWAQ)

SWAQ advises the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS) on the availability and quality of water resources of the United States. The SWAQ focuses on science issues and associated policy options related to research and improvements in technology.

Additional Federal Government Drought Online Resources

U.S. Drought Monitor

 [Map: U.S. Drought Monitor]

The Drought Monitor is a synthesis of multiple drought indices and impacts that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists.

U.S. Drought Portal

 [Screenshot of U.S. Drought Portal]

The U.S. Drought Portal is the main web site for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). NIDIS provides users with the ability to determine the potential impacts of drought and the associated risks they bring, and the decision support tools needed to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

U.S. Drought Impact Reporter

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The Drought Impact Reporter (DIR) is a comprehensive national database of drought impacts developed by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Palmer Drought Severity Index

 [Map: Palmer Drought Severity Index by Climate Division]

The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is an index of the relative dryness or wetness effecting water sensitive economies. The PDSI indicates the prolonged and abnormal moisture deficiency or excess.


 [Map: GRACE-based Groundwater Storage Estimates]

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite measures small changes in the Earth's gravity field over time. NASA uses these data to estimate changes in water storage over the continents, sea ice, sea level rise, deep ocean currents, ocean bottom pressure, and ocean heat flux.

Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)

 [Map: Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)]

The Vegetation Drought Response Index, or VegDRI, is a bi-weekly depiction of vegetation stress across the contiguous United States.

Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System

 [Map: Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System]

The Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System (GIDMaPS) is a drought monitoring and prediction system that provides near real-time drought information based on multiple drought indicators and input data sets.



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