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Near real-time drought monitoring systems

Establishing regular systems and protocols for government agencies such as weather services to frequently watch drought indicators, such as the precipitation based Standardised Precipitation Index, satellite-based Drought Severity Index, and/or composite indicators such as the US Drought Monitor. The near real-time system can identify drought as it occurs and before major impacts are felt. monitor the onset of drought.
Advantages / Benefits
Identifies drought as it occurs and before major impacts are felt
Allows preparation measure to be enacted in a timely fashion
Who's involved
Governments
research institutions and networks