U.S. Drought Monitor Forum 2009

October 7 to October 9, 2009
Austin, TX

The US Drought Monitor Forum was held in Austin, TX.  There was a Drought Monitor panel at the end of the day Wednesday. At that time the main research needs that the authors identified were more data on soil moisture, more consideration of whether there should be two maps to reflect the long and short term conditions, correlations of drought impacts with drought status, more timely GIS input and how to account for varied topography such as the mountainous areas of the West.

Kelly Redmond spoke about Musings, Metaphors, and Moving Forward.  Much of that discussion centered around the impossibility of reducing the full complexity of drought at different time scales and for different communities to a two-dimensional map. Despite the difficulty of the task, Redmond underscored the importance of giving stakeholders what they need, namely, a map, ideally reflecting conditions at the fine scales that users are requesting. He also underscored the value of professional judgment: "Objective does not mean strictly numerical. It means rigorous."


  • The U.S. Drought Portal
    Mike Brewer
  • The Greenleaf Project - Turning over a new leaf
    Ian Cottingham
  • National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
    Lisa Darby
  • WestWide Drought Tracker
    Laura Edwards and Kelly Redmond
  • The National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Atlas
    Brian Fuchs
  • The Moisture Balance Drought Index and Efforts to Improve Drought Indicator Reporting
    Greg Garfin and Melanie Lenart
  • Drought Operations at the SERFC: Getting the Message Out
    Todd Hamill
  • U.S. Drought Monitor Forum Overview
    Mike Hayes
  • Drought Activities at the NOAA/NCDC Climate Monitoring Branch
    Richard Heim Jr.
  • Improving Drought Forecasts: The Next Generation of Seasonal Outlooks
    Doug Le Comte
  • GIS data for U.S. Drought Assessment: Current Uses and Needs
    Eric Luebehusen
  • Basin Level Drought Monitoring: The Upper Trinity Case
    David Maidment
  • The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council
    Michael Moneypenny
  • Tracking Drought in Texas: Kicking it Down a Notch
    John Nielsen-Gammon
  • U.S. Climate Reference Network Soil Moisture / Soil Temperature Observations for Drought Monitoring
    Michael Palecki and Michael Brewer
  • Drought monitoring is vital to helping our nation and its communities to be more resilient
    Bill Proenza
  • DRINET: Developing Community-based Drought Information Network Protocols and Tools for Multidisciplinary Regional Scale Applications
    Rao Govindaraju
  • Drought is "Cuckoo for CoCoRaHS"
    Nolan Doesken and Henry Reges
  • CPC Drought Monitoring
    Matt Rosencrans
  • Remote Sensing and Agro-Hydrologic Modeling for ET Estimation: Drought Monitoring
    Gabriel Senay
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)
    Mark Shafer
  • Drought in the Context of Climate Services
    Eileen Shea
  • The Drought Impact Reporter
    Kelly Smith
  • The Difficulty of Achieving Good Precipitation Estimates for Use in Real-time Drought Monitoring
    Greg Story
  • Ten Years of the Drought Monitor: A Look Back and a Look Forward
    Mark Svoboda
  • Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): 2009 Update and Ongoing Activities
    Brian Wardlow
  • NOAA Water Supply and Water Resources
    Kevin Werner
  • El Niño as a ‘drought-buster’ in Texas: How reliable is it, or what can we expect this winter?
    Klaus Wolter