How and Why Upper Colorado River Basin Land, Water, and Fire Managers Choose to Use Drought Tools (or Not)   [open pdf - 2MB]

"On the Western Slope of Colorado, variable climate and precipitation conditions are typical. Periods of drought--which may be defined by lack of water, high temperatures, low soil moisture, or other indicators--cause a range of impacts across sectors, including water, land, and fire management. [...] The Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB) was one of the first pilot areas in which NIDIS [National Integrated Drought Information System] implemented a drought early warning system (DEWS) in 2009. [...] The various elements of the UCRB drought early warning system can be expected to be more or less suitable for the needs of different decision makers. As a result, the UCRB makes an ideal case study to examine the use of scientific information products and tools in which the broad decision context (managing drought) is defined, but information needs of current and prospective users vary. Thus decision makers will make varied choices about which of the available tools to use or not use, depending on the particular management and institutional context in which they work. The author aimed to identify factors that affect the choices of decision makers about whether and how to use particular information sources, products, and tools."

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Open-File Report 2018-1173
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