New NOAA research to advance understanding, prediction, and monitoring of drought 23 February 2015

New NOAA research to advance understanding, prediction, and monitoring of drought

NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program awarded $4.3 million to support 17 new multi-year projects to improve our understanding of drought and advance NOAA’s prediction and monitoring capabilities to better anticipate and respond to drought. MAPP is a part of the Climate Program Office, situated within NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
Adaptation Challenges in Complex Rivers Around the World: The Guadiana and the Colorado Basins 10 February 2015

Adaptation Challenges in Complex Rivers Around the World: The Guadiana and the Colorado Basins

CPO's Roger Pulwarty is the lead author of  "Adaptation challenges in complex rivers: The Guadiana and the Colorado Basins," which was published in the January 2015 issue of Water Resources Management.
Drought Task Force awarded Silver Medal 22 December 2014

Drought Task Force awarded Silver Medal

The Climate Program Office congratulations the Drought Assessment Team, which was awarded a Group Silver Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement for their work assessing the origins of the 2012 Central Plains Drought. The group includes CPO’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program and the Drought Task Force.

Researchers offer new insights into predicting future droughts in California 8 December 2014

Researchers offer new insights into predicting future droughts in California

This NOAA Drought Task Force/NIDIS report details the results of an extensive multi-research-group analysis of the causes and predictability of the drought. The report finds that the exceedingly warm and dry conditions that caused the drought were due to a high pressure ridge off the west coast of the United States influenced heavily by anomalous sea surface temperatures. These influences are attributed to natural variability.

Atmosphere and Ocean Origins of North American Droughts 16 June 2014

Atmosphere and Ocean Origins of North American Droughts

Research funded by CPO’s Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) program has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Climate.

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