Improving the effectiveness of early warning systems for drought

Status: Active
Operational Plan: 2019 - 2020

The economic, environmental, and social impacts on communities of drought and its attendant hazards—including wildfires, floods, and landslides—are significant. While regionally-integrated drought monitoring and early warning systems can help decision-makers mitigate negative impacts, there is uncertainty among local planners, emergency managers, and others about which early warning indicators and planning tools are most appropriate to support drought management. The project aims to improve the understanding of the best locally-relevant indicators for monitoring drought in specific climate regions; to increase local capacity; and to strengthen existing partnerships across North America.