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Roger S Pulwarty NIDIS Director NOAA. Monitoring & Forecasting. Drought and Flood Impacts Assessments and Scenarios. The National Integrated Drought Information System. Engaging Preparedness & Adaptation. Communication and Outreach.

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Roger s pulwarty nidis director noaa

Roger S Pulwarty

NIDIS Director

NOAA

Monitoring & Forecasting

Drought and Flood ImpactsAssessments and Scenarios

The National Integrated Drought Information System

Engaging Preparedness &

Adaptation

Communication and Outreach


National integrated drought information system goals objectives
National Integrated Drought Information System Goals & Objectives

Goal:Enable the Nation to move from a reactive to a more proactive approach to managing drought risks and impacts (PL109-430)

  • The NIDIS Act Public Law (109-430, December 2006)

    “better informed and more timely drought-related decisions leading to reduced impacts and costs”

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Three explicit tasks within the NIDIS Act Objectives

(1) provide an effective drought early warning system that—

(A) is a comprehensive system that collects and integrates information on the key indicators of drought in order to make usable, reliable, and timely drought forecasts and assessments of drought, including assessments of the severity of drought conditions and impacts;

(B) communicates drought forecasts, drought conditions, and drought impacts on an ongoing basis to— (i) decision-makers at the Federal, regional, State, tribal, and local levels of government; (ii) the private sector; and (iii) the public


(C) includes timely (where possible real-time) data, Objectives

information, and products that reflect local, regional, and State differences in drought conditions;

(2) coordinate, and integrate as practicable, Federal research in support of a drought early warning system; and

(3) build upon existing forecasting and assessment programs and partnerships


National integrated drought information system noaa partners western governors geo relationships
National Integrated Drought Information System -NOAA Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

Natural variability together with near- and longer-term projections for a warmer climate make critical early warning information to support adaptation

(www.drought.gov)


Five nidis components
Five NIDIS Components Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

1. NIDIS Program Office

2. U.S. Drought Portal

3. Climate/Drought Test Beds

  • Integrating data and forecasts

    4. Coping with Drought

  • Integrated Applications Research

    5. NIDIS Early Warning Information Systems

  • Design, Prototype, Implementation, Process sustainability


Drought and water resources federal partnerships
Drought and Water Resources Federal Partnerships Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

Drought and Flood ImpactsAssessments and Scenarios

Monitoring & Forecasting

Information Services in support of Adaptation

Engaging Preparedness &

Adaptation

Communication and Outreach


The NIDIS U.S. Drought Portal ( Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationshipswww.drought.gov)

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3.

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Key Clearinghouse Functions:

Credible, Accessible, Timely Information

Where are drought conditions now?

Does this event look like other events?

How is the drought affecting me?

Will the drought continue?

Where can I go for help?

Portlet example:

NWS River Forecast

Center

Ohio River

Water Resources

Outlook-

Ecosystem recovery


NIDIS KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT MODEL Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

Coordinating federal, state, and local drought-related activities (e.g., within watersheds and states)

Prediction

Monitoring

Applications

Research

Integrating Tools:e.g. Drought Portal

Identifying and diffusing innovative strategies for drought risk assessment, communication and preparedness

ImpactMitigation

ImprovedAdaptation

ProactivePlanning


  • Upper CO Basin down to Lake Mead Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

  • Coordinated reservoir operations: Low flow shortage triggering criteria (Powell/Mead)

  • Inter- and Intra-basin transfers; Front range urban-agriculture

  • Ecosystem health/services

Lake Powell

Kremmling

Lake Mead


ATLANTA Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF)

Basins

(Catawba-Wateree (Carolinas) included in Year 2)

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Completed to date
Completed to Date Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB) EWS Design Workshop

UCRB Monitoring Gaps Assessment

US Drought Portal Upgrades sub-portal

Assimilate and characterize indicators and triggers in the UCRB

ESP improvements and Assessment of water demand in UCRB (ongoing)

Webinar launched as part of RFC Annual Operating Plan Outlook

Southeastern DEWS Scoping Workshops-Fed, state (water, urban, ag, coastal natural resources) CSC, SCs, RISAs, RCCs, RFC, CSD

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF)

Catawba-Yadkins-Peedee

Drought Index Planning support-Surface Water Supply Index


Soil Moisture/Soil Temperature Sensors Partners, Western Governors, GEO relationships

CRN Soil Moisture Workshop-installation of soil moisture/temperature sensor at CRN stations (~35 stations completed)

Climate Test Bed (new projects in FY09)

Multi-Model Ensemble Reannalysis System (MERS) using the 4D-Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter (4D-LETKF)

A GOES thermal-based drought early warning index for NIDIS

CFS Stratosphere Improvement


NIDIS Newsletter released-circulated across disaster management community, agencies and states

(On www.drought.gov)

Drought, Climate change and Early Warning on Western Native Lands June 09

Centers for Disease Control-Drought and Public Health Report

Climate Change and Water Resources: Federal Perspectives (available as USGS 1331)

Numerous presentations and partnership requests (Fed, tribal, watershed, local)-Featured in Western States Water Council, USGS, USACE Natural Resources Pubs.


NIDIS Relies on a network of existing activities in management community, agencies and statesNOAA and other agencies, state and tribal sectors

Line Offices

Universities, and Labs

Integrating knowledge

and products (PSD,

RISAs, RCCs, RFCs, SCs)

Operational

(CSD,RCCs, NCDC,

CPC, WFOs, SCs)

)

MONITORING/FORECASTS

&

DEVELOPMENT

(scenarios, assessm.etc.)

&

PROTOTYPING

(products, applications..)

DELIVERY/MAINSTREAMING

Regional Consultations

NON-NOAA PARTNERS

new or enhanced regional products information delivery technology

sustained & systematic communication and feedback


SUMMARY management community, agencies and states

Principal Elements of Climate Risk Reduction Framework

(Wilhite… of course)


NIDIS offers a framework for developing and mainstreaming information services to support adaptation strategies as climate varies and changes

Thanks!


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