Drought Mitigation Resources

APA Hazards Planning Research Center

Combining original and past research, the collaborative center focuses on supplying planners and the general public with information on how to build resilient communities. Activity areas include research, outreach, education, and policy.

National Climatic Data Center

NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. It produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North Carolina, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which is located in Boulder, Colorado.

NCDC supports a three tier national climate services support program. The partners include: NCDC, Regional Climate Centers, and State Climatologists.

National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.

National Integrated Drought Information System

The National Drought Policy Commission was established under the National Drought Policy Act of 1998 to ensure collaboration between different government agencies on drought-related issues. The Commission issued a groundbreaking report, Preparing for Drought in the 21st Century, in 2000. Following the Commission's recommendations, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was envisioned in a Western Governors' Association Report in 2004. The NIDIS Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress and signed into law in 2006.