Symposium Content


The contact list of all attendees is here.

Pictures can be downloaded here.

Papers, presentations, posters, and videos are available at Purdue Library e-Pub system.

Additional Questions from Tuesday's Panel

Questions submitted during Tuesday's Panel Discussion are posted here. All attendees are encouraged to put in their comments and answers. You may write in your comments at the DDAD2011 group's discussion board - you will need to sign up for a free account on DRINET and log in before submitting your comments.

You may also email your comments to Carol Song (carolxsong at and Rao Govindaraju (govind at

  1. As much as I know, drought indices reflect anomalies from normal amounts of the variable. So m wonder is how to make a consistent sense of an index value?
  2. Since different types of droughts are inherently correlated to each other, isn't it best to assess the reasons of inconsistency among indices calculated for a certain period at a particular location?
  3. Have you seen any correlation between droughts and other natural disasters?
  4. Can a cooperative NWS station “real time” dataset be posted to the DRINET site? This information can be gleaned from the IN state climate site, only county by county.
  5. Is there a relation between oil resources and drought? Will it make drought more severe?
  6. Is sustainability the same as resilience?
  7. How can we include mitigation studies?
  8. If the uncertainty in drought classification is known, how do you account for this in the existing drought response plans?
  9. How frequently should one perform vulnerability assessment?

Summary of Panel II: Where do we go from here

The following recommendations were recorded from the panel discussion on the topic of future directions both at the local andregional levels, and in the directions for the broader community and stakeholders. These recommendations will be included in a white paper to be disseminated for community feedback.

  1. Review and revise the IN water shortage plan -- needs updates and community input
  2. Partner with NIDIS portal and, in longer term
  3. Research results transfer beyond IN and Midwest
  4. Incorporate drought assessment into multi hazards mitigation model
  5. Assessment of secondary effects related to droughts
  6. drought what-if assessment
  7. Integration of multidisciplinary drought mitigation in long term
  8. Communicating drought risks for sustainable agriculture (e.g. rice in arid regions) through extension programs, experts, farmers
  9. effect of biofuel production related to risk assessment (land use change)
  10. How to incorporate uncertainty into drought classification
  • going from discrete to probabilistic; discrete has advantage
  • how to convey/communicate
  • may be useful for forecast; for mitigation, assume worst case
  • DM going global, higher priority for global market needs
Outlook presentations can have higher resolutions Need simple text/descriptions, history of droughts in plain language, for drinet/DNR sites Top down approach, need more visibility Develop story lines for different drought types - timing, intensity, types in simple language Ask experts rank impacts from users/experts view points
  • via NIDIS (willing to fund)
  • develop survey and conduct it at DM meetings
Current voids in drought related research
  • communicating research to broader audience
  • improve prediction, hybrid approach, ecosystem, environments