Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
Authors of the United States Drought Monitor, which is a nation-wide reporting map on the web, spoke to drought analysts from seven states at the Desert Research Institute. The gathering occurs every two years.
It’s designed to improve data-sharing and discuss information gaps. In the west, because of the mountainous terrain much remains uncertain. U.S. Drought Monitor Author David Simeral says, people on the ground can help fill in the gaps.
"If something is not adding up between the conditions on the ground and what the map showing, we are interested in getting that information," he says. "We are interested in the human impacts and how it’s impacting societies."
Simeral says, drought-related pictures can be emailed to authors like him directly and there is a Drought Impact Reporter website is available through the Oklahoma Climatology Survey, which is also developing a cell phone app for drought reporting.