Alaska 2021 Drought Webinar Series

Low stream level in southeast Alaska during a drought
What does drought look like in Alaska?

In February and March 2021, a webinar series was hosted to review past climate information focusing on unusually dry times, and learn about the US Drought Monitor process and how the weekly maps are made. Then, we heard from Alaskans and Alaska Natives about their experiences of unusual dryness in five regional listening sessions. Here is a summary of drought impacts compiled from all the regional listening sessions, as well as a summary of research needs related to Alaska drought and climate extremes. Recordings of these webinars and a summary of information provided during the regional listening sessions are available below. This webinar series was organized by the USDA Northwest Climate Hub, Alaska Center for Climate Assessments and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program), National Integrated Drought Information System, Department of Interior Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.