Drought Monitoring with VegDRI

Fact Sheet 2010-3114
Prepared in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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Abstract

Drought strikes somewhere in the United States every year, turning green landscapes brown as precipitation falls below normal levels and water supplies dwindle. Drought is typically a temporary climatic aberration, but it is also an insidious natural hazard. It might last for weeks, months, or years and may have many negative effects. Drought can threaten crops, livestock, and livelihoods, stress wildlife and habitats, and increase wildfire risks and threats to human health. Drought conditions can vary tremendously from place to place and week to week. Accurate drought monitoring is essential to understand a drought's progression and potential effects, and to provide information necessary to support drought mitigation decisions. It is also crucial in light of climate change where droughts could become more frequent, severe, and persistent.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Drought Monitoring with VegDRI
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2010-3114
DOI 10.3133/fs20103114
Edition -
Year Published 2010
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N