Global Drought Information System. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). African Flood and Drought Monitor
NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosts and provides access to one of the most significant archives on earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and from million-year-old tree rings to near real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental information.
By preserving, stewarding, and maximizing the utility of the Federal government’s billion-dollar investment in high-quality environmental data, NCEI remains committed to providing products and services to private industry and businesses, local to international governments, academia, as well as the general public.
A drought monitor using available satellite remote sensing and in-situ information, a hydrologic modeling platform and accompanying web-based user interface have been developed, in collaboration with UNESCO, for operational and research use over Africa. It is based out of Princeton University. The monitor is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
Based on macro scale hydrologic modeling, the system ingests available data to provide a real-time assessment of the water cycle and drought conditions, and puts this in the context of the long-term record back to 1950. The data is made available online for drought research and operational use to augment on-the ground assessments of drought.