The National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring System workshop, led by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), was held on Nov. 13-14 in Kansas City, MO.
The report from this workshop is a deliverable under the DoC-USDA MoU and the President’s Climate Action Plan.
The National Drought Resilience Partnership was announced by the Secretary of Agriculture at the Farm Broadcasters Association meeting also in Kansas City on Nov. 15. NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other partner agencies were in attendance.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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