BEGINNING A NEW ERA OF DROUGHT MONITORING ACROSS NORTH AMERICA BY JA Y LAWRIMORE, RICHARD R . HEIM JR., MAR K SVOBODA, VA L SWAIL, AN D PHIL J . ENGLEHART rough t experts fro m the United States, Canada, an d Mexico met at the National Climatic Data A cooperative, multinational effort DCenter in Asheville, Nort h Carolina, for a three- to improve the monitoring and assessment day workshop in late April 2002 to discuss the U.S. of climate extremes. Drough t Monitor program and to develop a plan for initiating a new program of drought monitoring for Nort h America. Since its inception in 1999, the U.S. Drough t Monitor (DM) has been extremely success- fu l in assessing and communicating the state of drough t in the United States on a weekly basis. This success, an d the recognition that an ongoing compre- hensiv e and integrated drought assessment was needed throughout all three countries, led to a com- mitmen t to build a continent-scale program on the AFFILIATIONS : LAWRIMORE AND HEIM—National Climatic Data model of the DM. The new drought monitoring pro- Center, NOAA , Asheville, North Carolina; SVOBODA—National gram is par t of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 3, 2002
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