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Widespread Drought


Demand, weather patterns, climate change, and a lack of effective resource management all continue to strain global water supply.


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Author: David Miskus


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Author: David Miskus


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Water scarcity and risk are global issues that touch every continent. Each nation is experiencing high and ex- tremely high water risk, which experts say can lead to regional water wars, migration, and continued unrest. DoD has committed the military to finding solutions, with the Army already exceeding its goals established for 2020.


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S L SL L S L S SL S S S S S S S S SL S L L S SLSL S S S S S S S SL S S S Drought Impact Types: Delineates dominant impacts


S = Short-Term, typically less than 6 months (e.g. agriculture, grasslands)


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Intensity: D0 Abnormally Dry D1 Moderate Drought D2 Severe Drought D3 Extreme Drought D4 Exceptional Drought


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad- scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.


Intensity: D0 Abnormally Dry D1 Moderate Drought D2 Severe Drought D3 Extreme Drought D4 Exceptional Drought


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad- scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.


S = Short-Term, typically less than 6 months (e.g. agriculture, grasslands)


L = Long-Term, typically greater than 6 months (e.g. hydrology, ecology)


Data collected from U.S. Drought Monitor in 2005 (above) and 2015 (left) illustrate how water scarcity has escalated over the past decade in the U.S. Even regions typically thought safe from water scarcity recently have experienced dry to moderate drought conditions.


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November 3, 2015 Valid 7 a.m. EST


(Released Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015)


November 3, 2015 Valid 7 a.m. EST


MAPS: ABOVE, SHEFFIELD AND WOOD 2007 AQUEDUCT WATER RISK ATLAS; TOP, RICHARD TINKER, NOAA/NDMC/NWS/NCEP/CPC


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