Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)Entry ID: vegdri
Abstract: The National Drought Mitigation Center produces VegDRI in collaboration with the US Geological Survey's (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS), and the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC), with sponsorship from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA). Main researchers working on VegDRI are Dr. Brian Wardlow and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse at ... the NDMC, and Jesslyn Brown with the USGS, and Dr. Yingxin Gu with ASRC Research and Technology Solutions, contractor for the USGS at EROS.
VegDRI maps are produced every two weeks and provide regional to sub-county scale information about drought's effects on vegetation. In 2006, VegDRI covered seven states in the Northern Great Plains (CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, and WY). It expanded across eight more states in 2007 to cover the rest of the Great Plains (NM, OK, MO, and TX) and parts of the Upper Midwest (IA, IL, MN, and WI). VegDRI expanded to include the western U.S. in 2008 (WA, ID, OR, UT, CA, AZ, NV). In May 2009 VegDRI began depicting the eastern states as well, covering the entire conterminous 48-state area.
Purpose: The VegDRI calculations integrate satellite-based observations of vegetation conditions, climate data, and other biophysical information such as land cover/land use type, soil characteristics, and ecological setting. The VegDRI maps that are produced deliver continuous geographic coverage over large areas, and have inherently finer spatial detail (1-km2 resolution) than other commonly available drought indicators such as the U.S. Drought Monitor.
LAND SURFACE > EROSION/SEDIMENTATION > EROSION
LAND SURFACE > LAND USE/LAND COVER > LAND USE/LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION
LAND SURFACE > LANDSCAPE > REFORESTATION
LAND SURFACE > SOILS
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > ALBEDO
LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES
LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TERRAIN ELEVATION
LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TOPOGRAPHIC EFFECTS
LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > TERRAIN ELEVATION > TOPOGRAPHICAL RELIEF MAPS
ATMOSPHERE > WEATHER EVENTS > DROUGHTS
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Distribution Media: Digital
Distribution Format: Download
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: lta at usgs.gov
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2013-06-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18