National Drought Mitigation Center


Brief mentions October 2023

October 30, 2023

This Spanish CMOR promotional graphic is one of the new updates to the NDMC social media resources page. Translations provided by the National Weather Service San Juan in Puerto Rico.

By NDMC Communications

Spanish CMOR graphics now available  

Social media is an important tool to raise awareness and reach wider audiences. The National Drought Mitigation Center recently updated its social media resources webpage with more Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) graphics. CMOR is a nationwide platform that enables people to submit reports and photos on current drought conditions where they live.  

Updates include Spanish CMOR graphics and additional English CMOR graphics with suggested text to share. Spanish translations were provided by the National Weather Service San Juan in Puerto Rico. Download the CMOR graphics, as well as previously developed Visual Drought Atlas graphics, at the NDMC social media resources page. 

NDMC collaborates on rural climate resilience project 

In August, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Rural Confluence as one of 11 projects in NSF’s efforts to develop research infrastructure. “Communities and Academic Partners Uniting to Drive Discovery and Build Capacity for Climate Resilience” is a collaboration among UNL, Oklahoma State University and Louisiana State University. Tonya Haigh and Mike Hayes of NDMC are involved in the 4-year project. Read more on the NSF website.

Article examines flash drought definitions
Flash drought is relatively new to the climate science lexicon. A new article investigates six definitions of this phenomenon to determine how characteristics of various flash droughts manifested in the U.S. The paper’s authors are Caily Schwartz, Tonya Haigh, Mark Svoboda and Madeline Goebel.

Paper analyzes AI techniques to identify drought impacts 
Despite its wide application in scientific research, machine learning processes still remain obscure to many. A recently-published article analyzes AI techniques that could help identify potential drought impacts. NDMC authors include Beichen Zhang, Mike Hayes, Kelly Smith and Tsegaye Tadesse.

Case study focuses on water governance in Montana  
How do institutions work together to divide water among ecosystems — and what gaps exist between these frameworks? Authors of a new paper delve into this question through a case study in southwestern Montana. Contributors from NDMC include Deb Bathke, Tonya Haigh and Michael Hayes.

Working together on drought in the Southwest
Representatives from NDMC attended the fourth annual Southwest Drought Learning Network (DLN) meeting held Sept. 27-28, 2023, at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. Resource managers, Southwest DLN members, Tribe representatives, climatologists and stakeholders convened to discuss drought-related issues. Topics included water resource management successes, the regional drought outlook and DLN goals for next year.