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Providing national-scale drought information

New data products integrate multiple sources of soil moisture information to improve drought monitoring and prediction.

Drought is one of the most destructive and costly natural disasters, resulting in diminished agricultural production, reduced water resources, and deadly heatwaves. NOAA and the National Integrated Drought Information System have supported interagency activities to develop a national-scale drought product that integrates multiple sources of soil moisture information to improve drought monitoring and prediction. These activities represent collaborative efforts among NOAA, NASA, the USGS, USDA, and the academic community to provide accurate and timely drought information and forecasting in order to facilitate decision-making and management.