Drought Reports, Papers, Articles and Services

wind erosion Drought and Water Allocation

USDA. NAL. Water Quality Information Center.

Read publications and/or abstracts on the topic; also see citations of older documents.



Highlights USDA drought-related programs and services. ...Drought is a weather phenomenon plaguing agriculture since civilizations began farming and ranching as organized ways to feed themselves. Drought that affects growing or grazing quality affects about a third of the nation's counties each year.

Achieving Efficient Water Management: A Guidebook for Preparing Agricultural Water Conservation Plans (PDF | 1.96 MB)

DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

A guide for irrigators, managers and staff of irrigation organizations, states, and others to improve their overall water management. Improved water management will often lead to better water conservation.

Managing Water for Drought (PDF | 1.57 MB)

United States Army Corps of Engineers. Institute for Water Resources.

"This report represents the collaborative work of over 100 researchers and practitioners whose model approach to water management during drought was tested and refined in several case studies across the country."(September 1994)

Drought Management for Commercial Horticulture

Texas A & M University. AgLife Extension.

Organizes materials on commercial horticulture production and
drought management including i
rrigation scheduling, crop selection for drought prone years, and rainfall capture.

Drought Preparedness and Response: Strategies for Farmers (PDF | 113 KB)

University of Wisconsin.

Part of the University of Wisconsin Extension Disaster Handbook for Extension Agents. Other sections included in this part on the subject of drought are: Protecting Livestock from Heat; Managing Livestock During a Drought; Tillage During a Drought; Irrigation During a Drought; Fertilizer Application After a Drought; Weed Management During a Drought; Alternative Crops During a Drought; Salvaging Drought-Stressed Crops; Herbicide Concerns After a Drought; Drought Assistance for Farmers; and Tax Issues After a Drought.

European Drought Centre (EDC)

European Drought Centre.

Supports European drought research and drought management organizations to promote collaboration and capacity building between scientists and the user community. The long term objective of the center is to enhance European co-operation in order to mitigate the impacts of droughts on society, economy and the environment.

NOAA Regional Climate Centers

NOAA. Satellite and Information Service.

Working cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), state climate offices and among themselves to acquire and disseminate accurate, up-to-date climate data and information. [State Climate Offices can be found through a National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) resource page.]

Sustaining Agriculture in Drought Years: Conservation Tillage Offers New Hope (PDF | 677KB)

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

An article from Agricultural Research (Jan 1997, Vol. 45, No. 1).


California Urban Water Conservation Council.

While not agricultural in scope, this program, supported by the EPA, provides information to help citizens identify ways to use water wisely.


Environmental Protection Agency.

Provides a variety of useful services and related information primarily concerned with municipal water use.

Drought: The Creeping Disaster

NASA. Earth Observatory.

Defines drought in three ways: "an extended period of below normal rainfall, a long term depletion of groundwater, or the stunting of vegetation growth due to a lack of water."

Climate and Water


A Nature Insight issue contains review articles and commentary on these subjects (Vol. 419, No. 6903, 12 Sep 2002).

Drought Tips

Series of publications on the effects of drought and methods to mitigate them.

Preparing for Drought in the 21st Century

USDA. National Drought Policy Commission.

Potentially useful background information -- including sample working group reports (on agricultural; environmental; local government, community, and business; monitoring and prediction; and municipal and industrial aspects) and analyses and summaries of federal, regional, state, local and tribal drought-related programs; published in 2000.