North American Drought Atlas: A History of Meteorological Drought Reconstructed from 835 Tree-Ring Chronologies for the past 2005 years

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Abstract: The North American Drought Atlas, is an HTML web browser program that provides
access to 286 annual drought reconstructions extending as far back as 1,992
years into the past. The reconstructions are derived from 835 exactly dated,
annual tree-ring chronologies. Data consists of the Palmer Drought Severity
Index (PDSI).
This Atlas was developed by Paul J. Krusic and ... View entire text
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Description: Access to North American Drought Atlas data and documentation

Description: North America Drought Atlas accessed through the LDEO Climate Data Library.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 65.0   S: 15.0   E: -30.0   W: -140.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Cook, E.R. and P.J. Krusic
Dataset Title: North American Drought Atlas
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Dataset Release Place: Palisades, NY
Dataset Publisher: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the National Science Foundation
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 0012-01-01
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 1992 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 0 ybp
Chrono Unit:
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Longitude Resolution: 2.5 degrees
Temporal Resolution: annual
Temporal Resolution Range: Annual
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Climate Data Library, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (845) 680-4450
Fax: (845) 680-4864
Email: benno at
Contact Address:
Data Library Manager
International Research Institute for Climate Prediction
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964-8000
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: online www
Fees: none
Email: drdendro at
Contact Address:
Tree-Ring Laboratory
Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA
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Dai, A., K.E. Trenberth, and T.R. Karl. 1998. Global Variations in Droughts and
Wet Spells: 1900-1995. J. Geophysical Research, 27(17): 3367-3370.

Acuna-Soto, R.A., Stahle, D.W., Cleaveland, M.K. and Therrell, M.D. 2002.
Megadrought and megadeath in 16th century Mexico. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Cook, E.R., Meko, D.M., Stahle, D.W. and ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-03-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-07-02
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