International Drought Experiment
|Goal||Establish an international network of drought experiments|
|Task||Participants will establish a 4-year drought experiment|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet International Drought Experiment|
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.).
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 ( www.drought-net.org).
|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|
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