Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

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Title Climatologist
Address 819 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0988
Phone 402-472-4271
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail mhayes2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Michael Hayes. I am an Applied Climatologist and a professor in the School of Natural Resources. I arrived at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 when I began work as climate impacts specialist for the National Drought Mitigation Center. Between 2007 and October 2016, I was the director of the NDMC. At the moment, I teach one class called Climate and Society. The objective of this class is for students to understand the effects of climate variability and extreme climate events on human activities and how human activities impact climate and natural resources management. I am part of the newly formed Applied Climate and Spatial Science Mission Area within SNR, and I am getting more involved with the undergraduate degree program that will have this same name.

Michael Hayes in Castries, Saint Lucia before a drought management policy workshop for government officials held in January 2016.
Michael Hayes in Castries, Saint Lucia before a drought management policy workshop for government officials held in January 2016.
Mark Svoboda and Michael Hayes following the graduation ceremony for Dr. Svoboda's Ph.D. degree in August 2016.
Mark Svoboda and Michael Hayes following the graduation ceremony for Dr. Svoboda's Ph.D. degree in August 2016.

My main research interests are drought risk management, disaster management, drought planning, impact and vulnerability assessments, climate variability and change, extreme events, and adaptation strategies. I am involved in a variety of research projects collaborating with the NDMC, other climate faculty at the university, and with researchers around the world. Another major component of my position deals with providing outreach on these drought- and climate-related issues to a wide variety of officials, decision-makers, and policymakers at local, tribal, state, national and international scales.

Michael Hayes, along with Dr. Brian Wardlow (SNR), Dr. Derek Heeren (Biological Systems Engineering), and Keith Miller (BSE graduate student), following a visit to the Reinke Irrigation Manufacturing Company located in Deshler, NE, in January 2014.
Michael Hayes, along with Dr. Brian Wardlow (SNR), Dr. Derek Heeren (Biological Systems Engineering), and Keith Miller (BSE graduate student), following a visit to the Reinke Irrigation Manufacturing Company located in Deshler, NE, in January 2014.

Selected Publications

Feng, S., Trnka, M., Hayes, M. J., Zhang, Y. 2017. Why do different drought indices show distinct future drought risk outcomes in the U.S. great plains? Journal of Climate. 30:265-278. Online
Brown, J., Kluck, D., McNutt, C., Hayes, M. J. 2016. Assessing drought vulnerability using a socioecological framework. Rangelands. 38(4):162-168. Online
Choi, Y.-S., Gim, H.-J., Ho, C.-H., Jeong, S.-J., Park, S. K., Hayes, M. J . 2016. Climatic influence on corn sowing date in the Midwestern United States. International Journal of Climatology. 37: 1595-1602. Online
Finnessey, T., Hayes, M. J., Lukas, J., Svoboda, M. 2016. Using Climate Information for Drought Planning. Climate Research. 70:251-263. Online
Okalebo, J., Oglesby, R. J., Feng, S., Hubbard, K., Kilic, A., Hayes, M. J., Hayes, C. 2016. An Evaluation of the Community Land Model (Version 3.5) and Noah Land Surface Models for Temperature and Precipitation Over Nebraska (Central Great Plains): Implications for Agriculture in Simulations of Future Climate Change and Adaptation. Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards, 21-34. Online
Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, R., Shan, J., Tadesse, T., Hayes, M. J., Li, D. 2016. A Hybrid Approach for Detecting Corn and Soybean Phenology with Time-Series MODIS Data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 181:237-250. Online
Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, R., Tadesse, T., Shan, J., Hayes, M. J., Li, D. 2016. A hybrid approach for detecting corn and soybean phenology with time-series MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 181: 237-250. Online
Stiles, C., Umphlett, N., Rattling Leaf, Sr., J., Shulski, M., Kluck, D., Hayes, M. J., McNutt, C. 2015. Improving Climate Resiliency in Tribal Communities: Partnering for Change in the Missouri River Basin. Water Resources IMPACT. 17(4):15-17.
Brown, J. F., B. D. Wardlow, T. Tadesse, M. J. Hayes, and B. C. Reed. 2008. The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): A new integrated approach for monitoring drought stress in vegetation. GIScience and Remote Sensing 45 (1):16-46. Online
Dubrovsky, M., M. D. Svoboda, M. Trnka, M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, Z. Zalud, and P. Hlavinka. (2008). Application of relative drought indices in assessing climate change impacts on drought conditions in Czechia. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 96. 155-171. Online
Trnka, M., M. Dubrovsky, M. D. Svoboda, D. Semeradova, M. J. Hayes, Z. Zalud, and D. A. Wilhite. 2008. Developing a regional drought climatology for the Czech Republic. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.1745. Online
Wilhelmi, O. V, M. J. Hayes, and D. S. K. Thomas, 2008. Managing drought in mountain resort communities: Colorado's experiences. Disaster Prevention and Management. 15(5):672-680. Online
Woudenberg, D. L., D. A. Wilhite, and M. J. Hayes. 2008. Perception of drought hazard and its sociological impacts in South-Central Nebraska. Great Plains Research, 18(1): 93-102. Online
Knutson, C. L., M. J. Hayes, and M. D. Svoboda. 2007. Case study of tribal drought planning: the Hualapai Tribe. Natural Hazards Review, 8(4): 125-131. Online
Wilhite, D. A., M. D. Svoboda, and M. J. Hayes. 2007. Understanding the complex impacts of drought: a key to enhancing drought mitigation and preparedness. Journal of Water Resources Management, 21(5): 763-774. Online
Wu, H., M. D. Svoboda, M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, and F. Wen. 2007. Appropriate application of the Standardized Precipitation Index in arid locations and dry seasons. International Journal of Climatology, 27: 65-79. Online
Tadesse, T., D. Wilhite, M. Hayes, S. Harms, and S. Goddard. 2005. Discovering associations between climatic and oceanic parameters to monitor drought in Nebraska using data-mining techniques. Journal of Climate, 18(10): 1541-1550. Online
Wu, H., M. Hayes, D. Wilhite, and M. Svoboda. 2005. The effect of the length of record on the Standardized Precipitation Index calculation. International Journal of Climatology, 25: 505-520. Online
Tadesse, T., Wilhite, D.A., Harms, S.K., Hayes, M.J., and Goddard, S., 2004, Drought Monitoring Using Data Mining Techniques: A Case Study for Nebraska, USA. Natural Hazards. 33: 137-159. Online
Tadesse, T., M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, and S.K. Harms 2002. Data mining and knowledge discovery of drought in Nebraska. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology joint with 16th International Congress on Biometeorology, Oct./Nov. 2002, Kansas City, MO Online
Wilhite, D.A., M. Hayes, and M. Svoboda 2000. Monitoring drought using the standardized precipitation index. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. Paper 70. chapter 12. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Meteorology (1986)
  • MS - University of Missouri-Columbia, Atmospheric Sciences (1989)
  • PhD - University of Missouri-Columbia, Atmospheric Sciences (1994)

Awards

  • 1/17/2013 – Omtvedt Innovation Award awarded by UNL-IANR 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Drought Risk Management
  • Drought Assessment
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Extreme Events
  • Adaptation Strategies
  • Drought Mitigation
  • Planning
  • Physical Geography
  • Resilience

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 Drought Risk Management and Planning Assistance in the Caribbean
Starting Date 1/1/2017
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Cody Knutson
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $49,917.00
Funding Source Caribbean Institute of Meterology and Hydrology

 
Grant Title MENA Regional Drought Management
Starting Date 1/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Christopher Neale
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 3/31/2017
Funding Level $1,025,440.00
Funding Source ICBA

 
Grant Title Eastern Caribbean Drought Workshops
Starting Date 1/22/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Fuchs
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/20/2016
Funding Level $49,227.00
Funding Source OECS

 
Grant Title Regional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/31/2015
Principal Investigators
Martha Shulski
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Ending Date 7/31/2016
Funding Level $162,572.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Predicting Climate Extreme GHA (additional funding)
Starting Date 12/2/2015
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 1/13/2017
Funding Level $277,065.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Drought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States
Starting Date 10/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $839,442.00
Funding Source U. S. Department of Agriculture - Office of the Chief Economist

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $58,113.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 6/25/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $93,169.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Providing Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/31/2018
Funding Level $798,885.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Development of the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers
Starting Date 2/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Kelly Smith
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $40,052.00
Funding Source Develoment Alternatives, Inc.

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 2/27/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $93,169.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $124,225.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies (additional funds)
Starting Date 1/14/2014
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Shimelis Beyene
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 1/13/2017
Funding Level $343,462.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Drought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date 9/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $693,696.00
Funding Source University of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 
Grant Title Improving US Drought Monitoring - Integrating Soil Moisture Data and Developing a Drought Blends Portal
Starting Date 10/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 10/30/2015
Funding Level $150,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Drinking Water Utilities
Starting Date 9/25/2014
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/15/2015
Funding Level $17,072.00
Funding Source Cadmus Group, Inc.

 
Grant Title Tech Assist on Drought Preparedness
Starting Date 7/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Kelly Smith
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $25,000.00
Funding Source World Bank Group

 
Grant Title Improving U.S. Drought Monitoring
Starting Date 7/16/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 7/15/2015
Funding Level $240,000.00
Funding Source Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Predicting Climate Extreme GHA
Starting Date 11/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Shimelis Beyene
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 10/31/2016
Funding Level $987,767.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Tech Assist on Drought Preparedness
Starting Date 10/3/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Kelly Smith
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 6/30/2014
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source World Bank Group - IBRD

 
Grant Title NDMC Drought Information Services for Agriculture
Starting Date 9/27/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 9/26/2014
Funding Level $200,000.00
Funding Source Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Drought Information Service
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 9/30/2014
Funding Level $739,809.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/14/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
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 National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Risk Atlas
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Martha Shulski
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $127,186.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Rapid Response Drought Monitoring
Starting Date 8/14/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2013
Funding Level $121,082.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Global Drought Info Workshop
Starting Date 5/7/2012
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Ending Date 5/6/2013
Funding Level $29,343.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title NOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center
Starting Date 12/31/2011
Principal Investigators
Martha Shulski
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 3/31/2013
Funding Level $829,888.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Transition of an Interactive Drought Management Database
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $203,861.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Drought Monitor
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Cody Knutson
Deb Bathke
Ending Date 9/30/2013
Funding Level $558,401.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Food Research Initiative/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

 
Grant Title Development of a Pilot Drought Information System for National Drought Disaster Reduction (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Jae Ryu
Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $17,040.00
Funding Source Kongju National University

 
Grant Title Drought Information System
Starting Date 7/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Jae Ryu
Ending Date 6/30/2011
Funding Level $13,175.00
Funding Source Kongju National University

 
Grant Title Drought Mitigation, Nebraska Project
Starting Date 7/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Cody Knutson
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 7/14/2010
Funding Level $437,243.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - CSREES

 
Grant Title Development of a Pilot Drought Information System for National Drought Disaster Reduction
Starting Date 8/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Jae Ryu
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Ending Date 5/31/2011
Funding Level $70,000.00
Funding Source Kongju National University

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 450 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
GEOG 850 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
NRES 452 Climate and Society X X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
NRES 852 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852