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About Us Mission and History The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. Institutional Partnerships The NDMC collaborates with many federal, state, and international agencies. Current Research and Projects Research and other projects currently underway, with links to additional information. Recently Completed Research and Projects An overview of projects and research recently completed with links to final products and materials.Program Areas The National Drought Mitigation Center has two main research program areas: Drought Monitoring and Planning and Social Science. Mission and History The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.The NDMC, established in 1995, is based in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The NDMC’s activities include our constantly growing web site; drought monitoring, including participation in the preparation of the U.S. Drought Monitor and maintenance of the web site; developing the U.S. Drought Impact Reporter; a suite of web-based drought management decision-making tools; drought planning and mitigation; drought policy; advising policy makers; collaborative research; K-12 outreach; workshops for federal, state, and foreign governments and international organizations; organizing and conducting seminars, workshops, and conferences; and providing data to and answering questions for the media and the general public. The NDMC is also participating in numerous international projects, including the establishment of regional drought preparedness networks in collaboration with the United Nations’ Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.The National Drought Mitigation Center built on the earlier successes of the International Drought Information Center.Dr. Donald A. Wilhite was director and founder of both the NDMC and the IDIC and was the former director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He retired in June 2016.
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