Dealing with Drought
- All you need is an interest in drought!
Droughts are among the most expensive natural disasters, harming agriculture, the economy and human health, and creating ideal conditions for wildfires. The conditions that the western United States is experiencing today may be a taste of the "new normal." By the end of this century, scientists expect droughts to intensify and increase in length and frequency in many regions of the United States. The intensified drought conditions projected under climate change will present challenges for the management of reservoirs, aquifers and other water infrastructure.
In this course, you will learn about drought and its impacts on society and the environment, while gaining practical tips and tools to help you and your family save water. Through videos, quizzes and activities with tips and links to trusted resources, you will learn more about:
- different types of drought;
- historical, current and projected drought trends for the United States;
- the health, financial, social and environmental impacts of drought;
- how to reduce water use by both changing behavior and creating a more water-efficient home and landscape.
The course uses the current California drought as a case study throughout and draws on expertise and interviews from trusted sources, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the U.S. Forest Service, NASA, NOAA and others.
- This course is for anyone interested in learning more about drought and its impacts in the United States.
- Save Water: Five Things You Can Do Right Now01:48
- Dive Deeper: Get to Know WaterSense04:10
- What is Drought?10:09
- What is Drought?3 questions
- Dive Deeper: Learn More from NASA about Measuring Precipitation02:42
- Activity: Calculate your Water Footprint00:38
- Environmental Impacts of Drought07:58
- Environmental Impacts of Drought3 questions
- Dive Deeper: Learn More from NASA About Freshwater Availability02:52
- Activity: Identify Your Native Plants00:50
- Tips to Go: Saving Water Outside1 page
- Societal Impacts of Drought12:34
- Societal Impacts of Drought3 questions
- Dive Deeper: Water Conservation at the Sacramento Zoo05:46
- Activity: Check for Leaks00:39
- Tips to Go: Save Water at Work1 page
- History of Drought in the United States05:46
- History of Drought in the United States3 questions
- Dive Deeper: Learn about the Dust Bowl of the 1930's with NASA00:20
- 21st Century Drought in the United States02:44
- 21st Century Drought in the United States3 questions
- Dive Deeper: Learn About California's 2014 Fire Season with CAL FIRE11:54
- Projected Drought Trends in the United States13:54
- Projected Drought Trends in the United States3 questions
- Dive Deeper: NASA Projects Megadroughts for the American West02:43
- Tips to Go: Save Water in the Kitchen1 page
- Activity: Make a Drought Emergency Kit00:36
- Long-Term Adaptations04:44
- Activity: Build A Rain Barrel00:43
- Activity: Find Rebates to Help You Save Water01:15
- Tips to Go: Save Water in the Bathroom1 page
- Acronym List1 page
- Reference List9 pages
- Visual Reference List15 pages
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