National Drought Mitigation Center: Drought Impact Reporter

From the National Drought Mitigation Center of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, this database stores and displays comprehensive information related to drought impacts in the U.S. Accessible information provides key drought context and detail, as well as readily summarized information on impacts related to:

  •   Agriculture
  •   Business & Industry
  •   Energy
  •   Fire
  •   Plants & Wildlife
  •   Relief, Response & Restrictions
  •   Society & Public Health
  •   Tourism & Recreation
  •   Water Supply & Quality 

Launched in July 2005, the Drought Impact Reporter (DIR) was the nation’s first comprehensive database of drought impacts. This update, in 2018, collects and displays more types of information, providing researchers and interested members of the public with more context and detail, as well as more readily summarized information.

The Drought Impact Reporter was developed with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. 

The 2011 version of the Drought Impact Reporter can be found here


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