OAR Science Integral to Understanding and Predicting California Drought 27 April 2015

OAR Science Integral to Understanding and Predicting California Drought

NOAA OAR played a significant role in the recently-convened AGU Chapman Conference on the California Drought, held in Irvine, California during April 20-22.

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.

19 March 2014

Drought Task Force Special Collection on Advancing Drought Monitoring and Prediction now available

This special collection of the Journal of Hydrometeorology focuses on scientific research to advance the U.S.'s capability to monitor and predict drought, including the development of new data and methodologies. The results presented in this issue represent the outcomes of research in large part funded by NOAA's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) program, also leveraging other U.S. agencies' investments, and coordinated within the framework of the MAPP Drought Task Force.
11 March 2014

MAPP Webinar Series: Drought Research: Improved Understanding, Monitoring, and Prediction of Drought

The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) program will host a webinar on the topic of Drought Research: Improved Understanding, Monitoring, and Prediction of Drought on Friday, May 30. The announcement is provided below; you are invited to remotely join the session.

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