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National Integrated Drought Information System: Data, Maps and Tools

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

This is a extensive collection of maps, data, and tools that students can use to research drought and its impacts on agriculture, wildfires, water supply, vegetation, soil moisture, temperature and precipitation.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Educators may need to discuss the nature of the Palmer Drought Index if students are going to analyze maps.
  • Resource best used within the context of exploring a specific problem or issue with regard to drought.

About the Content

  • This is a section of the National Integrated Drought Information System website that provides maps, data and tools for accessing information on a variety of topics (current conditions, outlooks and forecasts, paleoclimate) related to drought.
  • All data is updated every month and 3- and 6-month predictions are supplied for every region in the US.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - Provides a plethora of data, graphics and information for most aspects of climate change from paleoclimate to the affects on agriculture to soil moisture
    - Wide variety of temporal and spatial data options

About the Pedagogy

  • A comprehensive collection of maps, data, and tools for students to use in examining drought and its effects in their region and state.
  • Not designed as a learning tool but rather a comprehensive source of information regarding drought. Basic directions provided for navigating the various topics presented in the site.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Mostly free of scientific jargon, a student-friendly site.
  • Keys to maps are clear and easy to read. Maps can be magnified for easier viewing.
  • Site easy to navigate, especially if user has a particular question or issue in mind to guide navigation.
Entered the Collection: June 2018 Last Reviewed: April 2017

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