Brian Fuchs

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Title Climatologist
Address 824 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-6775
FAX 402-472-2946
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Contact Preference

e-mail, phone, by appointment

Office Hours

M - F 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Hello, My name is Brian Fuchs and I'm a Climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) which is housed within the School of Natural Resources.

I first came to SNR in May of 2000, working as a Climatologist for the High Plains Regional Climate Center. I started working with the National Drought Mitigation Center in December 2005. My job functions are quite broad, but I am mainly working on drought related issues. The drought related work concentrates on research involving mitigation, risk, assessment, and reporting of drought. As a Climatologist, I work on the applied research projects for the center as well as authoring the United States Drought Monitor with several others. In my time with SNR, I have been involved with 3 committees. I was active on the Staff Professional Development Committee for 3 years and chaired this committee for 1 year. I was also part of the SNR Internal Communications Committee. I am currently on the SNR Survey Committee until 2007. My work interests are climate, drought, drought impacts, drought risk and assessment, and snow events.

I am from Nebraska, and grew up in Columbus. I graduated from UNL in 1997 with a B.S. from the Meteorology/Climatology program. I received my M.S. in 2000 from the Department of Geosciences here at UNL with a specialization in Meteorology/Climatology. My wife Jeni and I were married in 1996 and have 2 children. Reece was born in November of 2001 and Brooklyn who was born in June of 2005. I enjoy spending time with my family and I am a big football fan. Other activities that keep me busy include hunting, basketball, photography, and cooking.

Brian Fuchs describes how to measure plant temperature with an infrared thermometer

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Nebraksa-Lincoln, Meteorology/Climatology (1997)
  • MS - University of Nebraksa-Lincoln, Geosciences (2000)

SNR Faculty Area(s)

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of State Climatologists

Notable Websites


  • Climate - Drought
  • Climate - Forecasting
  • Drought - Assessment
  • Drought - Climate
  • Drought - Decision-Making
  • Drought - Monitoring
  • Drought - Water
  • Meteorology - Water
  • Water - Drought
  • Water - Meteorology

Areas of Interest (Keyword)

  • Agriculture and Livestock - Agricultural Meteorology
  • Climate - Assessment
  • Climate - Change
  • Climate - Decision-Making
  • Climate - Drought
  • Climate - Human Dimensions
  • Climate - Impacts
  • Climate - Remote Sensing
  • Climate - Variability
  • Climate - Water
  • Climate - Weather
  • Drought - Climate
  • Drought - Impacts
  • Drought - Meteorology
  • Drought - Mitigation
  • Drought - Planning
  • Drought - Policy
  • Drought - Risk Management
  • Education - AAGeneral
  • Geography - Physical Geography
  • Humans and the Environment - Climate
  • Humans and the Environment - Environmental Education
  • Meteorology - Agricultural Meteorology
  • Meteorology - Drought
  • Meteorology - Weather
  • Paleoclimate
  • Physical Geography - AAGeneral
  • Planning - Drought
  • Remote Sensing - Climate
  • Water - Climate
  • Weather - Climate
  • Weather - Climate Change
  • Weather - Meteorology

Other Areas of Interest

Drought, Drought Monitoring, Drought Early Warning, Drought Assessment, Applied Climatology, Agricultural Drought, Climate Assessment

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/14/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $324,564.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Grant Title ET Mapping Over North America
Starting Date 6/22/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Mark Svoboda
Brian Fuchs
Tsegaye Tadesse
Karin Callahan
Ending Date 6/21/2013
Funding Level $29,144.00
Funding Source University of Maryland

Grant Title National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Risk Atlas
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Brian Fuchs
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $127,186.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Grant Title Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/6/2008
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Brian Wardlow
Brian Fuchs
Soren Scott
Ending Date 8/5/2011
Funding Level $77,006.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration


SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

Drought Monitoring, The United States Drought Monitor, Climate, Drought Tools, Drought Indicators, Drought Impacts, Agriculture and Drought, Historical Drought, Drought Planning

When I am most available to speak:


What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older)
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical