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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: USING REMOTE SENSING & MODELING FOR EVALUATING HYDROLOGIC FLUXES, STATES, & CONSTITUENT TRANSPORT PROCESSES WITHIN AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES Title: Drought monitoring: Historical and current perspectives

Authors
item Hayes, Michael -
item Svoboda, Mark -
item Wardlow, Brian -
item Anderson, Martha
item Kogan, Felix -

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 15, 2011
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Citation: Hayes, M.J., Svoboda, M.D., Wardlow, B., Anderson, M.C., Kogan, F. 2012. Drought monitoring: Historical and current perspectives. In B.D.Wardlow, M.C. Anderson & J.P. Verdin (Eds.). Remote Sensing for Drought:Innovative Monitoring Approaches. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. p.1-19.

Technical Abstract: Given the complex dimensions of drought and the challenges they pose for routine drought monitoring, it is essential that we continue to find innovative and robust ways to quantify and more effectively communicate the impacts of this hazard as part of an operational Drought Early Warning System. This chapter highlights the complex nature of drought and the challenges it presents for effective monitoring and early warning efforts. The historical evolution of traditional drought monitoring techniques is discussed, as well as the emergence of drought early warning systems (DEWS). Finally, the role—both past and present—of satellite remote sensing in drought monitoring is introduced, along with opportunities for improved monitoring capabilities provided by the new tools presented in this book.

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