Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

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Title National Drought Mitigation Center, Director
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 Mike Hayes. I am the Director of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources.

I arrived at UNL in 1995 as a Climate Impacts Specialist at the NDMC, and I became the Director in 2007. I have mainly been associated with the Applied Climate Science and Human Dimension program areas within SNR.

I teach one class, which is 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.

SNR climatologist Mike Hayes of the National Drought Mitigation Center, talks with a CBS News crew about the devastating drought hitting the western part of the United States during 2002.
SNR climatologist Mike Hayes of the National Drought Mitigation Center, talks with a CBS News crew about the devastating drought hitting the western part of the United States during 2002.

My main research interests are drought planning, impacts, vulnerability, and mitigation; precipitation indices; risk analyses; and remote sensing. The NDMC is involved in a variety of research projects related to these topics.

Another major component of my position deals with outreach to a wide variety of officials, decision makers, and policymakers at local, tribal, state, national, and international scales.

The NDMC gives numerous drought workshops around the country and the world. The objective of these workshops is to educate officials about the seriousness of drought and assist in reducing future drought impacts.

Selected Publications

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.
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. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-008-0020-x.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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 Faculty Area(s)

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Precipitation Indexes, Drought Mitigation, Drought Impacts, Vulnerability Applications, Risk Analyses, Remote Sensing Applications, Drought

SNR Areas of Expertise

Keyword Expert Level

10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest

Drought

10

Drought Mitigation

10

Planning

9

Physical Geography

6

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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 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
Bathke, Deborah
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
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
Deborah 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
Deborah 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
Ryu, Jae
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
Ryu, Jae
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
Ryu, Jae
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 X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
GEOG 850 Climate and Society X 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 X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852