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Town Hall Meeting: NOAA’s NCDC Responds to the Deepening Southwestern Drought with Climate Data, Products, and Services

Scientific Program: Conferences and Symposia
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Wednesday, 7 January 2015; 12:15–1:15 p.m.; Room 125AB

In response to the deepening drought sweeping the southwestern US in 2014 and the perennial stress on the region’s water resources, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC offers a suite of climate data, products, and services.  End users requiring these products and services range from State Climatologists to regional and local water providers and agricultural extension agents. The drought products offered include the weekly US Drought Monitor Report, authorship in the Monthly North American Drought Monitor, and essential measurement variables including Soil moisture, Palmer Drought Indices (PDSI) the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and the TD9658 Palmer Drought.  NCDC also provides in-situ and satellite datasets and analysis of historical and current drought conditions. All of the climate data, products, and services offered by NCDC for drought response, focused on the southwestern US, will be presented and discussed. In addition, NCDC and NOAA continually seek to improve their support to decision makers. To that end, input will be solicited via discussion on emerging needs from decision makers and how those needs may be met through the nation’s climate archives and science.

For additional information, please contact Kevin Werner, Western Region climate services director, NOAA/NCDC,(kevin.werner@noaa.gov); or DeWayne Cecil, chief climatologist, GST Inc. (dewayne.cecil@noaa.gov).