The Drought-Net Research Coordination Network (RCN) - funded by the US National Science Foundation – is aimed at advancing understanding of how and why terrestrial ecosystem may differ in their sensitivity to drought. The Drought-Net RCN brings together an international cadre of scientists to conduct two complementary research activities:
- Enhancing Existing Experiments (EEE) – a network of existing precipitation manipulation/drought experiments across the globe.
- The International Drought Experiment (IDE) - a new international network of coordinated drought experiments.
Synthesis of data from these two activities will be conducted by Drought-Net participants, with the ultimate goal of improving mechanistic understanding of terrestrial ecosystem sensitivity to drought.
Drought-Net membership is open to scientists who are committed to initiating and maintaining an IDE site, registering their existing precipitation manipulation experiment(s) with EEE, and/or furthering network goals in other substantive ways.