National Drought Mitigation Center
The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.
The NDMC has created or partnered in numerous drought relevant resources supporting climate change preparedness. The 'Essential Principles of Climate Science' publication presents information for individuals and communities about understanding Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Dr. Donna Woudenberg, NDMC post-doc, is a co-investigator on a grant from NASA called 'Global Climate Change Literacy for Educators: Using On-Line Professional Development to Integrate Content and Pedagogy'. Woudenberg will develop content related to climate change for four online education modules for middle and high school teachers. Researchers anticipate that they will reach at least 60 teachers, who will reach at least 3,000 students. A research action component will help spur action on climate change at the community level.
The NDMC works with the agricultural sector and published 'The Potential Effects of Climate Change on Summer Season Dairy Cattle Milk Production and Reproduction'. The NDMC and others at the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are also collaborating with a research team led by Purdue University to develop decision-support tools to help corn and soybean growers adapt their practices to a changing climate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been a long-term supporter of the NDMC. In recent years a partner agreement with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has supported the development of a suite of drought decision-making tools, in collaboration with UNL’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. The NDMC also works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various groups within it such as the National Climatic Data Center and the National Weather Service. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) are current major research partners.
Phone: (402) 472–6707
- University of Nebraska
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- National Weather Service