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National Integrated Drought Information System
Entry ID: NIDIS
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Summary
Abstract: The National Drought Policy Commission was established under the National Drought Policy Act of 1998 to ensure collaboration between different government agencies on drought-related issues. The Commission issued a groundbreaking report, Preparing for Drought in the 21st Century, in 2000. Following the Commission's recommendations, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was envisioned in a Western Governors' Association Report in 2004. The NIDIS Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress and signed by the President in 2006.

The NIDIS Implementation team has conducted workshops and meetings with federal, state and local agencies, academic researchers, and other stakeholders. A national conference was sponsored by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and twenty other scientific and technical organizations in Longmont, CO, in September 2006. The conference organizers presented their recommendations to the U.S. Congress in July 2007, along with a fact sheet and report. We have developed an Implementation Plan based on input from these meetings.

The NIDIS Implementation Plan outlines how to:

1) Develop the leadership and networks to implement an integrated drought monitoring and forecasting system at federal, state, and local levels
2) Foster and support a research environment focusing on risk assessment, forecasting, and management
3) Create an "early warning system" for drought to provide accurate, timely, and integrated information
4) Develop interactive systems, such as the Web Portal, as part of the early warning system
5) Provide a framework for public awareness and education about droughts

[Summary provided by Drought.gov.]

Related URL
Link: GET SERVICE
Description: Access the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: Drought information for general audiences.
Service Citation
Originators: NOAA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Title: National Integrated Drought Information System
Provider: NOAA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
URL: http://www.drought.gov/portal/server.pt/community/drought.gov/
ISO Topic Category
FARMING
BIOTA
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ECONOMY
ENVIRONMENT
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Service Provider
National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Service Provider Personnel
Name: DONALD A. WILHITE
Phone: (402) 472-4270
Fax: (402) 472-6614
Email: dwilhite2 at unl.edu
Contact Address:
National Drought Mitigation Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
239 L.W. Chase Hall
P.O. Box 830749
City: Lincoln
Province or State: NE
Postal Code: 68583?0749
Country: USA
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Personnel
DONALD A. WILHITE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (402) 472-4270
Fax: (402) 472-6614
Email: dwilhite2 at unl.edu
Contact Address:
National Drought Mitigation Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
239 L.W. Chase Hall
P.O. Box 830749
City: Lincoln
Province or State: NE
Postal Code: 68583?0749
Country: USA

TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2009-07-27
SERF Last Revision Date: 2009-07-30
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