Drought in the U.S. Caribbean: Fact Sheets
In 2015, the National Climate Adaptation Science Center began working with each regional Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) to implement a network-wide initiative aimed at identifying what we know about the impacts of drought on ecosystems across the country. A key component of this initiative was the implementation of eight regional ecological drought workshops. One workshop was held at each CASC, and brought together regional drought experts to identify key threats, challenges, and management solutions related to ecological drought.
During these workshops, it became clear that islands such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) experience unique challenges related to drought. To delve further into this topic, the National CASC worked with the Southeast CASC, Pacific Islands CASC, and partners to hold two workshops on island drought. The scope of these workshops was expanded to included not just ecological impacts of drought, but also impacts to agriculture and the water supply, and focused on drought monitoring and data needs. A key outcome of these workshops were the drought-related factsheets produced to summarize the impacts of drought on each region.