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Recording of Kickoff Webinar for New Drought-Focused Project Now Available!

The recording and presentation resources from February's kickoff webinar for the new drought-focused project is now available! Check out today's blog to access these materials and learn more about the collaborative project led by San Diego State University researchers.


The first slide in the webinar, titled Ecological Drought in Southern California. It shows the webinar leader and date. There is a photo of dry, cracked earth in a circle on the right and a blue circle below the photo.

Webinar Recap

The webinar, held on February 28th, 2023, gave an introduction to the project and the research team and, most importantly, gathered feedback from more than 100 attendees. This feedback will help shape the project and be used to ensure that the work from this project best supports current climate resilience planning efforts in southern California.


View full webinar recording here.










View & download webinar slide deck here.

The first slide in the webinar, titled Ecological Drought in Southern California. It shows the webinar leader and date. There is a photo of dry, cracked earth in a circle on the right and a blue circle below the photo.









Click on the images below to see feedback gathered from attendees.


Project Overview

Southern California is an ecologically diverse region threatened by urbanization, water scarcity, and shifting wildfire frequency. As a biodiversity hotspot with a population of more than 21 million people and an economy of nearly $1.3 trillion GDP, a comprehensive drought preparedness and response strategy that considers the interrelated nature of these threats is needed.

This project will help build regional understanding of the vulnerabilities and effects of ecological drought for conservation and natural resource management. By leveraging robust science-management partnerships, San Diego State University’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management and the Desert Research Institute will develop regionally specific information on ecological drought and a framework that supports responsive and adaptive management to drought-related climate impacts. In collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance, which will support outreach and engagement efforts, this partnership will support local and regional decision making to promote healthy, climate-resilient ecosystems and the well-being of local communities in southern California.

Learn more about the project here: https://www.climatesciencealliance.org/drought






This research is funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought.


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