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
- participation in the preparation of the U.S. Drought Monitor
- and maintenance of the U.S. Drought Monitor 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
- 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 (IDIC) which was founded in September 1988 in the former Department of Agricultural Meteorology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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.