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Final report of workshop on the exploratory meeting for the Caribbean Drought Learning Network

Final report of workshop on the exploratory meeting for the Caribbean Drought Learning Network

Final report of workshop on the exploratory meeting for the Caribbean Drought Learning Network 

Date: June 10, 2021
Partners: National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Summary: On June 10th, 2021, 40 climate service providers, government agency leaders, researchers, and extensionists gathered virtually with the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to explore the possibility of the creation of a Caribbean Drought Learning Network for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  The Drought Learning Network (DLN) concept serves as a mechanism to strengthen collaboration and communication in drought research and management. In the Southwest of the United States where drought conditions have been severe, a DLN was recently established by the USDA Southwest Climate Hub. The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub saw the potential benefits for a similar network in the Caribbean, and decided to propose the idea to local agencies, researchers and organizations.