Flash droughts are characterized by the rapid onset and development of drought conditions. These types of droughts can adversely affect vegetation health by quickly depleting root zone soil moisture and increasing moisture stress. Significant yield loss can occur in agricultural regions if flash drought develops during sensitive stages in the growing season.
Webinar participants can expect to learn:
- What defines flash drought
- Hot spots for flash droughts in the United States
- Characteristics of flash droughts
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
Jordan Christian is a PhD student working under Dr. Jeff Basara. His dissertation work is focused on flash droughts, with current research investigating the characteristics and regional hot spots of flash droughts across the United States. His previous research includes land-atmosphere interactions, climate variability, synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling, radar meteorology, and mountain meteorology.
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