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Managing Drought & Water Scarcity

In 2016, NY experienced a significant drought across the state that led to water use restrictions and widespread impacts on municipal and private water supplies. Streamflow ran near the 100-year record low, and groundwater was similarly depleted. In response to the 2016 drought, WRI’s objectives for this program are to better understand the mechanisms leading to drought in NY’s different regions and act as a resource for various stakeholders who are concerned and impacted by drought.

Research Goals

  • Create code capable of probabilistically forecasting streamflows based on historic records, and accounting for climate non-linearity
  • Create code capable of probabilistically forecasting groundwater levels based on historical records, and accounting for climate non-linearity

Outreach Goals

  • Develop web-based applications that allow users to interact with developed products
  • Create summaries of research findings and engage with local/regional stakeholders involved in drought forecast and response