Dr. Laura Yahdjian describes the importance of studying drought in Argentina! Of 60 DroughtNet study sites, 17 are in South America and 14 of those in Argentina. Read her interview here to learn more about the unique research opportunities that coordinated network experiments provide and here for more exciting news about studying ecosystem responses to drought worldwide.
Rainout shelter in Patagonia, Argentina. Photo (c) Laura Yahdjian.
NASA’s Earth Observatory just released a series of maps, based in part on data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites, showing the extent of current drought in the United States. Maps show current groundwater levels at three depths relative to the long-term average.
The first map shows soil moisture within the top two centimeters of soil:
The second map shows root-zone moisture levels:
And the third map shows deeper groundwater levels compared to the long-term average:
These maps show the extent of drought across much of the western US but also highlight groundwater deficits in wetter areas along the Atlantic coast.
A protocol for the International Drought Experiment (IDE) is now available for download. Please see the IDE page of our website or access the document directly via this link
We are currently recruiting researchers from all ecosystem types to participate in the International Drought Experiment (IDE). Download the full invitation here!
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