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 a professor in the School of Natural Resources.

I arrived at UNL in 1995 climate impacts specialist at the NDMC. 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 Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate Science

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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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