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International Drought Experiment

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Presented By Drought-Net
Goal Establish an international network of drought experiments
Task Participants will establish a 4-year drought experiment
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The goal of the International Drought Experiment (IDE) is to implement a highly coordinated, multi-site drought experiment requiring (in most cases) only a moderate investment of time and resources by investigators. This coordinated, distributed experiment will allow for the quantification of the impacts of four-year extreme drought across a wide range of terrestrial ecosystems based on a common experimental design and a comparable suite of measurements.

The primary goals of IDE are to: (1) assess patterns of differential terrestrial ecosystem sensitivity to drought, and (2) identify potential mechanisms underlying those patterns. IDE will significantly expand the scope of past drought experiments by including as broad a range of ecosystem types as possible, ensuring that these experiments are accessible to as many investigators as possible, and overcoming the limitations of past drought experiments (i.e., lack of coordination, differences in approaches and methodologies, etc.).

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Expenses $1000
Required Gear

The International Drought Experiment requires collecting one year of pre-treatment data. Drought treatments will be applied using passive rainfall shelters. For non-forested systems, a minimum of 3 drought shelters will need to be built at a site. The total cost of the shelters is estimated at ~$1000. Additional details are provided on the Drought-Net website (

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags climate change, drought, environmental change, international, water
Project Updated 05/23/2018