TOOLS The West Wide Drought Tracker Drought Monitoring at Fine Spatial Scales John T. AbATzoglou , DAniel J. Mcevoy , An D Kelly T. ReDMon D BACKGROUND. The western United States has expressed the need for local-to-regional drought seen increases in population and water use over the information as high-stakes decisions (e.g., drought past century. Total water use has remained relatively declaration) may be made based on incomplete or unchanged over the past several decades due to water insufficient data given the sparseness of long-term conservation efforts. However, water scarcity has be- climate observations across the region. In addition, come more acute across much of this semiarid region drought monitoring presents challenges across the during recent decades due to long-term declines in western United States due to sharp geographic gradi- water storage juxtaposed with the region’s notable hy- ents in moisture availability, significant interannual- droclimatic variability. Observed declines in mountain to-decadal climate variability, and the region’s strong snowpack and increases in atmospheric demands tied reliance on mountain snowpack for water supplies. to long-term warming trends have further exacer- Numerous drought monitoring tools distribute bated water scarcity and increased the importance of crucial information to stakeholders. However, exist- monitoring efforts
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 2017
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