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Tribal Drought Information for Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning (DRI MAP)
The Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation have been experiencing widespread and persistent drought conditions for more than a decade. Drought has impacted vegetation and local water resources in ways that threaten agricultural systems and ecosystems that are critical to supporting the Hopi and Navajo people.
Limited hydroclimatological and ecological monitoring across the region has made it difficult to assess current drought impacts and anticipate future impacts. By working with tribal resource managers to develop better drought monitoring tools and tactics our aim is to help these communities reduce their vulnerability to drought, cope with unavoidable drought impacts, and plan for long-term sustainability in the region.