10 Things You May Not Know About Drought

Climate Education
USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Drought can have real consequences for ecosystems and human communities alike - from leading to increases in wildfire, insect outbreaks, local species extinctions, and forest diebacks, to altering rates of carbon, nutrient, and water cycling. In the future, droughts are generally expected to be hotter, longer-lasting, and larger than those of the past, potentially intensifying these impacts. Scientists from across the country are working to understand the many different impacts of drought, how they might change in the future, and how we can better predict and prepare for these events. Learn about some of our efforts to address the challenges of drought with these 10 examples from across the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center network.

drought, wildfire, forest management, disaster preparedness, climate change, adaptation