U.S. Drought Portal
Developed by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program, the U.S. Drought Portal offers access to maps, data, and expert assessments through easy-to-use tools designed to help decision makers monitor, plan for, and recover from water shortages.
The interactive system provides:
- Early warnings on emerging and anticipated droughts.
- Announcements of upcoming Drought Assessment Webinars and Workshops.
- Quality-controlled climate data, including historical drought data for comparison to current conditions.
- Decision-support services for managing the impacts of drought.
- A forum for a range of stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues.
The U.S. Drought Portal includes:
- The U.S. Drought Monitor, providing up-to-date drought maps at the national, regional, and state level.
- A GIS Map and Data Viewer.
- The Drought Monitor Graphics tool, which creates custom drought charts and graphs.
- The GIS-based Climate Reference Network (CRN) Soil Moisture viewer.
- Weekly Drought Update.
The Portal also provides links to regional drought programs and local, state, and regional drought resources, as well as information on drought-related planning, education, research, and recovery.