Drought Tools Workshop

February 12, 2009
Bastrop, TX

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Computer Science and Engineering Department are partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Lower Colorado River Authority to sponsor a workshop on drought management tools.

This workshop focused on the overall RMA tools, with the Drought Impact Reporter (DIR), VegDRI, and The GreenLeaf Project (a collaborative RMA project between the NDMC and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Computer Science and Engineering Center) being introduced to a group of participants that represented producers, ranchers, media personnel, National Weather Service, NOAA, private biosciences businesses, Yolo County FSA, University of California-Davis Extension, Recreation and Tourism, USDA-NRCS, and the USDA-RMA office within the area. Local presentations included an overview of the recent climate conditions from the California State Climatologist, the National Weather Service office out of Sacramento, and also a presentation by the USDA-FSA office which centered on an overview of the California Drought Declaration Process.


  • Developing the Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): Monitoring Vegetation Stress from a Local to National Scale
    Brian Wardlow
  • VegDRI in Texas: 2007
  • VegDRI in Texas: 2008
  • Developing a New and Improved Drought Monitor for the U.S.
    Brian Fuchs
  • Climate Change and Drought in Texas: Past vs. Future
    John Nielsen-Gammon
  • Local Drought Update, Useful Products for Producers, and a Peek into the Future
    Mark Lenz, Bob Rose and Victor Murphy
  • The Drought Impact Reporter
    Kelly Smith
  • Setting the Stage: Drought Tools Overview
    Mark Svoboda
  • Grazing Management after Fire and Drought
    Charles Taylor