Agencies & Organizations Involved with Drought

  • Climate Diagnostic Center (CDC): Responsible for the advancement of national capabilities to interpret the causes of observed climate variations, to apply this knowledge to improve climate models and forecasts, and to develop new climate products that better serve the needs of the public and decision-makers.
  • Colorado Climate Center: Part of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the center’s goal is to provide information and expertise on Colorado's complex climate. Through its threefold program of Climate Monitoring (data acquisition, analysis, and archiving), Climate Research and Climate Services, the center is responding to many climate related questions and problems affecting the state today.
  • Geographic Area Coordination Center - Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMCC): coordinates the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and all-risk incidents throughout the Rocky Mountain Geographic Area
  • National Climatic Data Center (NCDC): A branch of NOAA that provides a wide variety of data products.
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC): Based at the University of Nebraska, they help people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce vulnerability to drought.
  • National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC): Serves as a focal point for coordinating the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States
  • National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS): Integraded drought impact and forecasting information from various sources. They are responsible for the U.S. Drought portal which is an interactive data system.
  • National Weather Service (NWS): A branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), providing weather information across the country.
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): Part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), offering data on a wide range of drought related factors, including snowpack, SWSI, reservoir storage, and streamflow.
  • NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC): Offers several tools and resources to forecast drought and climate conditions throughout the U.S.
  • Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR): Provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support the planet. OAR also enables better forecasts and earlier warnings for natural disasters.
  • Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC): Provides historical climate data and information pertaining to the western United States.