NE/NYS Drought Atlas (Beta)

We are pleased to present a working prototype of a Northeast "Drought Atlas," which is being developed with our climate smart farming (CSF) partners at CICCS ( The map below shows current conditions, as measured by the "Palmer Drought Severity Index." This map will be updated each month, and below you can find historical conditions going back to January of 1950. Scroll down further still to find time series from each county in NYS.

SI-x code on GitHub!

Our SI-x code release is now on GitHub:

Stay tuned for future updates.

SI-x code on Matlab File Exchange

We've published our SI-x code on the Matlab File exchange:

WATCH: blowtorch demo in the infrared

We used an infrared camera borrowed from the astronomy dept. to shoot this. A special thanks to James Lloyd, Terry Herter, and Marty Sullivan for the help pulling this off!

Welcome to the Emerging Climate Risk Lab (ECRL)

We are interested in characterizing the likelihood of infrequent but consequential weather events, particularly those related to climate change and especially ones whose probability density function cannot be reliably determined from the past.

What is an "emergent" risk?
As global temperatures continue to rise, it is expected to change regional weather patterns, the frequency of droughts and extreme rainfall, and the timing of animal migrations and countless other aspects of climate during the 21st century. The hazards to human health, ecosystems, and infrastructure are the emergent risks of the 21st century.

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