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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Bathke, a climatologist with drought management experience, to the National Drought Mitigation C and to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Although Dr. Bathke grew up in northeast Nebraska and has strong ties to Lincoln - two degrees - she didn't anticipate returning, and was pleased when the right opportunity presented itself.
"We are delighted to be adding Deborah to our staff," said NDMC Director Mike Hayes. "She brings valuable experience in drought planning and management, and is well respected in the climate community."
Bathke spent the past three years as the assistant state climatologist in New Mexico, where she chaired the state's Drought Monitoring Working Group. She is familiar with the challenges states face in drought planning, such as "the ebbs and flows of resources, with precipitation and drought events." One of the perpetual challenges of drought management is to maintain focus during non-drought times, when actual planning is possible, rather than crisis response.
"Having grown up in the Plains and the Midwest, living in the Southwest, I learned a lot," Bathke said. Water rights, cultural traditions, and physical differences such as flood irrigation all contribute to different attitudes and options.
She represented New Mexico in the Climate Assessment for the Southwest program, or CLIMAS, which is one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Regional Integrated Science Assessment programs. Among the projects she collaborated on were adapting the Dynamic Drought Index for Basins in the Carolinas to the Southwest; implementing a western version of the AgClimate Tools developed by the Southeast Climate Consortium; and convening technical workshops on tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow.
Bathke is supervising ongoing student research on urban landscaping and drought, and is on the Program Implementation Team of the National Integrated Drought Information System.
- BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- PhD - The Ohio State University, Atmospheric Sciences
- Applied Climate and Spatial Science
Applied Climate Science
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
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