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Frequently Asked Questions: Monitoring for Drought


Monitoring for Drought 

Program Area

Water Management 

Specific Program

Drought Planning 

CWCB Section

Office of Water Conservation & Drought Planning 


What factors and indices are monitored for possible drought conditions?


Drought indicators are any single observation or combinations of observations that contribute to identifying the onset and/or continuation of a drought. Drought indicators can include measures of streamflow, precipitation, reservoir storage, the Palmer Drought Severity Index, which is a function of precipitation, temperature, and the available water content of the soil, and other similar measures. The effectiveness of drought indicators depends on the region and the resources. Often, the degree of infrastructure development in a region may define the most appropriate indicators.
Created at 6/30/2010 1:06 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/30/2010 1:06 PM  by System Account