Drought Prediction and Water Availability: National Listening Session Series
February - October 2022
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are holding a series of listening sessions to gain input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales.

We invite water managers, natural resource managers, drought decision makers, and all others interested in water availability and hydrological drought impacts to join us.

National Listening Session Series Kick-off:
Drought Prediction and Water Availability
February 9, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

This webinar will introduce the upcoming end user listening sessions and provide a short overview of the USGS Drought Program and efforts to characterize hydrological (e.g., streamflow and groundwater) drought variability, drivers, and trends over the past century.

Featured Presentations:

Introduction to End User Listening Session Series
Joel Lisonbee | NOAA/NIDIS

U.S. Geological Survey Drought Program
Brian Clark | USGS Water Availability and Use Science Program

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Drought Prediction Projects 
John Hammond | USGS Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center
Upcoming Listening Sessions

Please save the date for the following sessions; registration information to follow:

  • Streamflow drought prediction, March 3, 2022, 1-3:30 pm ET
  • Groundwater drought prediction, May 5, 2022, 1-3:30 pm ET
  • Water use information, July 14, 2022, 1-3:30 pm ET
  • Water availability prediction for ecosystems, September 8, 2022, 1-3:30 pm ET
  • Overview and synthesis of lessons learned from these sessions, October 20, 2022, 1-2 pm ET

Each session will include a short introduction to relevant prediction products for that topic, followed by guided discussions with participants on research priorities for product development or improvement at the national and/or regional scale. The input from these sessions will be used to guide USGS Drought Program planning and orientation.

Hydrological drought is often defined as conditions when low water supply becomes evident in the water system. This causes significant and recurring challenges for water resource management, affects power generation, river navigation, crop irrigation, ecosystems, municipal, and industrial water supplies among others.

For more information, please contact: Katharine Dahm,