Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Early Warning Capacity Meeting

Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Early Warning Capacity Meetings
February 27 and March 1, 2017
27 February, 2017 to 1 March, 2017
Ithaca, NY, Voorheesville, NY and Westborough, MA

February 27 NY Meeting Information

March 1 MA Meeting Information

Background Information 

In 2016, the Northeast suffered one of its worst droughts in decades. On October 11, 2016, a Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum was held at UMASS Boston to discuss drought conditions in the region, impacts of the drought, response and preparedness resources, and climate outlooks for the upcoming season.  That forum was developed through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), U.S. Representative Seth Moulton’s (MA-6) office, and the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC). 

As the drought continues and expands southward in Connecticut and Rhode Island, this partnership is now looking to host a series of smaller, targeted meetings across New York and Massachusetts to:

  • conduct a drought assessment
  • better understand the specific drought impacts as well as missing pieces that would have strengthened drought resilience and response through the drought period
  • identify what types of drought indicators and early warnings we could integrate into a Drought Early Warning System.


These Northeast Drought Assessment and Building Drought Early Warning Capacity Meetings will convene stakeholders throughout the Northeast to:

  • provide information on current drought conditions and what’s ahead for drought in 2017;
  • discuss sector-based drought impacts to date;
  • conduct breakout sessions to discuss drought information needs; and
  • solicit feedback, determine next steps, and identify action items.

Speakers will include experts from the USDA’s Northeast AgHub, NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Center, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service.  Also invited are state leaders from state climatologists’ offices, industry associations, and others.


There is no registration fee to attend this Forum.  Please register whether you will attend either event in person or via Live Stream.

 Registration is closed.

Monday, February 27, 2017

9:00am – 3:30pm

ILR Conference Center, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY


Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County

Voorheesville, NY



Please select the location nearest you.  A light lunch will be provided at both venues

Main Location:  ILR Conference Center, Room 423, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  

Alternate Location:  Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY.


Lunch will be served to registered participants only! All Federal employees must pay for their lunch regardless of whether or not you are on travel orders.

Please click HERE and search in the drop-down menu in the “Select an item or event to pay” for “NIDIS Northeast Post-Drought Assessment Lunch.”


If you have questions about the meetings, please contact Elizabeth Ossowski at elizabeth.ossowski (at)

Hotel Information

Please note that there are no room blocks directly associated with these meetings.

Ithaca, NY

Voorheesville, NY

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9:30am – 3:00pm

MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Westborough, MA 

The March 1 meeting will begin at 9:30am in Room 107 and Room 110 of the Richard Cronin Building of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Westborough, Massachusetts.  Lunch will be provided at the venue at 12:00pm.  View directions to MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters here.  Parking is limited outside of the building, so we ask you to carpool if possible.  You can also meet at the Park-and-Ride at the corner of Oak and Milk Streets (right on 135) and ride up the hill in one car from there (2 minutes away).


Hotel Information

Please note that there are no room blocks directly associated with these meetings.

Westborough, MA