Partnered with the National Center for Atmospheric Research

  • The CESM Last Millennium Ensemble

    Simulating Climate Variability and Change since 850 CE

    Jan 2016
  • 1930's Dust Bowl

    US Dust Bowl Linked to Warm Ocean Surface

    Mar 2015
    Library of Congress
  • Drought in Western North America

    Persistent future drought poses challenges to future water resources

    Nov 2013
    Luke Parsons
  • Drought and the Pacific Ocean

    Recent changes in tropical Pacific winds

    Jul 2014
    Garrison Loope
  • African Monsoon

    Paleoclimate records reveal past shifts in the African Monsoon

    Jan 2015
    J Overpeck and W Wheeler

Exploring the Broad Expanse of the Drought Nexus

This web resource is inspired by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore global drought and megadrought (droughts lasting multiple decades). Our group analyzes both instrumental and paleoclimatic (pre-instrumental) data along with state-of-the-art Earth System Model data, all in a context designed to enable better decision-making with respect to drought. From a science perspective, understanding drought and megadrought requires working at the nexus of climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, climate modeling, and much more. From a decision-maker or resource manager perspective, dealing with drought requires operating at the nexus of politics, economics, energy, water, agriculture and much more. Although we focus on the global impacts of drought, this site also emphasizes the time and space scales that matter most for those thinking about drought. This site goes beyond our NSF project to integrate insights developed with the help of other funding as well. Please explore our website and learn more about drought and megadrought around the globe.

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