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Title: The Drought Impact Reporter http:droughtreporter.unl.edu


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The Drought Impact Reporterhttp//droughtreporter
.unl.edu
  • Cheney, WA
  • November 12, 2008

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Drought Impact Reporter (DIR)
  • On-line since July 2005
  • Searchable, multi-source database of drought
    impacts
  • Combines data from multiple sources into a
    unified map
  • Media, public, government, etc.

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Why Record Droughts Impacts?
  • NDMC mission
  • To reduce vulnerability to drought before the
    next one happens
  • Impacts point to vulnerability
  • Mitigation and response

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Whats in the Current DIR?
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Whats in the Current DIR?
  • 1. Impacts extracted from the Media

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Whats in the Current DIR?
2. Impacts submitted by the public, government
officials, and others
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Who Uses This Information?
  • Public
  • A voice in the policy process
  • Decision makers / resource managers
  • Drought Monitor
  • Early indicator of drought conditions??
  • Ground truth scientific indices

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User Report Regarding Drought Monitor
July 4, 2006
August 1, 2006
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DIR 2.0 Enhancements
  • More user-friendly design
  • More efficient use of screen space
  • Improved searching and mapping

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DIR 2.0 Enhancements
  • More user-friendly design
  • More efficient use of screen space
  • Improved searching and mapping
  • Change in category names

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Impact Categories
Planned
Current
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DIR 2.0 Enhancements
  • More user-friendly design
  • More efficient use of screen space
  • Improved searching and mapping
  • Change in category names
  • Distinguishes between reports and impacts

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Reports vs. Impacts
  • Report Contains a wider range of information
    baseline info, speculative/vague reports, impacts
  • an early indicator!
  • Impact Contains a narrow range of information
    only impacts
  • quantifiable, observable, location- and
    time-specific

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DIR 2.0 Enhancements
  • More user-friendly design
  • More efficient use of screen space
  • Improved searching and mapping
  • Change in category names
  • Distinguishes between reports and impacts
  • New submit a report form
  • Ability to add photos

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Optional
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Add Drought Impact Photos
  • Photographer
  • Date
  • Place
  • What does it show? How would it look in a
    non-drought year?
  • Permission to use?
  • Allows up to 5 photos per submission

October 2006
October 2007
Photos of Morgan Creek, North Carolina, from Jody
Seim Timmins
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Who Can Submit a Report?
  • Anyone interested in reporting the impacts of
    drought!!

We need to increase non-media reporting!
You can become a drought spotter
Users
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Networks to Add
  • NWS Drought Reports
  • CoCoRaHS
  • State reports water systems, wildfire, burn bans
  • Cropwatchers
  • Extension Agents
  • State agencies, organizations, researchers

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Activity - Submit a Report
  • Exercise 1 Pick a Report Category from the
    list and submit a report by filling out the
    Drought Impact Reporter Submission Form. Be as
    descriptive as possible with comparisons between
    drought and non-drought periods. Please keep your
    report within two paragraphs.
  • Exercise 2 Discuss with your group members the
    Report that you developed.
  • Exercise 3 Now write the Report Category that
    you chose on a large sticky note and then place
    the note into similar groupings on the purple
    sticky wall.

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Thank you!
  • We welcome your participation and input as we
    improve the Drought Impact Reporter. Please
    contact
  • Melissa Widhalm
  • mwidhalm3_at_unl.edu
  • 402-472-3172
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