2nd National Flash Drought Workshop

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May. 2 to May. 4, 2023

8:32 am – 12:32 pm MDT

Boulder, CO
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Registration closes on April 18, 2023

May 2 & 3 - full days

May 4 - half day

Snacks and beverages will be provided, and lunches on May 2 and 3.


Workshop Objectives

  1. The 2nd National Flash Drought Workshop will bring together the flash drought research community and practitioners to learn from one. another, build stronger connections and increase coordination.
  2. Establish the state of the science on flash drought research, monitoring, prediction, planning, and communication, and share new and emerging areas of flash drought research.
  3. Build a better understanding of practitioner needs for improved flash drought preparedness, response, and communication.
  4. Share research, tools, case studies, and regional/seasonal characteristics of flash drought in order to improve management and response.
  5. Develop an updated list of outstanding research and information needs since the 2020 workshop for flash drought monitoring, prediction, planning and response.

This workshop is open to all, and is particularly relevant to those entities that engage in the following activities:

  • Monitoring drought conditions
  • Engaging in drought mitigation and water planning 
  • Utilizing drought information in decision making 
  • Providing information on drought conditions and impacts
  • Conducting research related to flash drought
  • Sharing drought information through communication and outreach.


This meeting will offer a limited virtual option. We will have an online platform where a virtual audience can tune in to listen to presentations and discussions. The virtual audience will only be able to ask questions via the chat box. Plenary sessions and presentations will be recorded and made available after the workshop.  Breakout sessions will not be recorded.


Meeting Contacts

For programmatic questions, please contact Sylvia Reeves or Marina Skumanich 

Limited travel support funds are available upon request.  Please email Sylvia Reeves by March 31, 2023 if you are interested in travel support.  

For logistics and lodging questions, please contact Jessica Martinez


The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) would like to thank the following partners for their help in planning this workshop: Auburn University, Colorado State University, Desert Research Institute, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Montana State University, Natural Hazards Center, National Drought Mitigation Center, NOAA, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Oregon State University, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Texas Water Development Board, UCAR/CPAESS. University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin, and USDA.

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