WestWide Drought Tracker: Monitoring Drought at Fine Spatial Scales Across the Western US

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DAS Redmond, Kelly T 08/01/2008 - 07/31/2011 DOC-National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration EASC

Project Description

Brief Summary of Proposed Work: A collaboration of researchers from the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC), NOAA RISA, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), State Climatologists and others across the western US propose to consolidate, coordinate, transition, and implement a high spatial resolution dataset that tracks drought and hydroclimate information extending back over the 100+ years of the observational record. The WestWide Drought Tracker will provide user access to a set of intuitive visualization and application tools to disseminate historical, real-time, and predictive drought information tailored to provide timely and useful information to meet the needs of individual stakeholders. Gridded datasets from the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) and Parameter-elevation Regression on Independent Slopes Model (PRISM) models,along with station data from NWS Cooperative Observer Network(COOP), Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL), and Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) networks and USGS stream gauges will be integrated into a unifying framework that will serve as an interface between scientific research datasets and stakeholders. Building on the WRCC's existing mature climate visualization tools and experience inoperationalizing and distributing climate datasets, the WestWide Drought Tracker will utilize an interactive distributed web interface that will support NIDIS and be integrated into the drought support system that is being developed by NDMC for the Drought Portal effort. The needs of end users, which include decision makers in business, government and citizens, will be considered throughout all phases of the project.