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Facilitating the Use of Drought Early Warning Information through Interactions with Agricultural Stakeholders

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  • 1 Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • | 2 Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • | 3 National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • | 4 National Drought Mitigation Center, and Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT), University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • | 5 Agricultural Research Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland
  • | 6 Earth System Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland—College Park, College Park, Maryland
  • | 7 Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
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Extreme drought events across the United States in recent years have led to large societal impacts and contributed to lower agricultural productivity in major farming and ranching areas of the country. The total cost associated with these events has been high, with the 2012 drought alone costing more than $35 billion, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. Because droughts impact more people than any other type of natural disaster, robust drought early warning systems that effectively characterize and disseminate information to vulnerable stakeholders are necessary to assist drought mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. A

Extreme drought events across the United States in recent years have led to large societal impacts and contributed to lower agricultural productivity in major farming and ranching areas of the country. The total cost associated with these events has been high, with the 2012 drought alone costing more than $35 billion, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. Because droughts impact more people than any other type of natural disaster, robust drought early warning systems that effectively characterize and disseminate information to vulnerable stakeholders are necessary to assist drought mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. A

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Jason A. Otkin, 1225 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706, E-mail: jason.otkin@ssec.wisc.edu

Extreme drought events across the United States in recent years have led to large societal impacts and contributed to lower agricultural productivity in major farming and ranching areas of the country. The total cost associated with these events has been high, with the 2012 drought alone costing more than $35 billion, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. Because droughts impact more people than any other type of natural disaster, robust drought early warning systems that effectively characterize and disseminate information to vulnerable stakeholders are necessary to assist drought mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. A

Extreme drought events across the United States in recent years have led to large societal impacts and contributed to lower agricultural productivity in major farming and ranching areas of the country. The total cost associated with these events has been high, with the 2012 drought alone costing more than $35 billion, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. Because droughts impact more people than any other type of natural disaster, robust drought early warning systems that effectively characterize and disseminate information to vulnerable stakeholders are necessary to assist drought mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. A

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Jason A. Otkin, 1225 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706, E-mail: jason.otkin@ssec.wisc.edu
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