Dealing with Drought Online Course
Jan 31, 2023 / by ASkalmusky
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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 Dealing with Drought, 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 California drought (2012-2016) as a case study throughout and draws on expertise and interviews from trusted sources, including the US Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the US Forest Service, NASA, NOAA, and others.

Dealing with Drought is hosted on Udemy. Free registration is required to access the course.


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