Data Visualization Drought Visualization

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Visualizing Drought in the U.S.

The New York Times has created a series of visualizations that illustrate the growing drought in the United States. The visualizations use data from U.S. Drought Monitor and the Palmer Drought Index, drought tracking services supported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The visualizations include a time-lapse map of the United States that show drought severity and location since November 2014, and a chart that tracks the rise and falls of dryness levels in the United States since 1895. The latter, which relies on averages from the Palmer Drought Index, shows that the country is experiencing one of the longest periods of increasing drought since record-keeping began.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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