Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Policy Type:Information and Education
Policy Target:
Agency:U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)
Legal References:P.L. 109-430 - The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Act (2006)

The National Integrated Drought Information System was established by the NIDIS Act in 2006 to develop the leadership and networks to implement an integrated drought monitoring and forecasting system at federal, state, and local levels, foster and support a research environment focusing on risk assessment, forecasting, and management, create an "early warning system" for drought to provide accurate, timely, and integrated information, develop interactive systems, such as the Web Portal, as part of the early warning system, and provide a framework for public awareness and education about droughts. The U.S. Drought Portal is part of the interactive system to provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts. Program activities include assimilating and quality control data about droughts and models, providing information about past droughts and present risks to agencies and stakeholders, explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts, and provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues.


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