Don Wilhite

Don Wilhite

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Contact Information

TitleEmeritus - Climatologist and Drought Management Specialist
Faculty RankProfessor Emeritus
Address714 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0987
Phone
  • office: 402-472-3471
  • fax: 402-472-2946
E-maildwilhite2@unl.edu
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My Story

Hi, I'm Don Wilhite, professor emeritus of Applied Climate Science and director emeritus of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). I am the founding director of the International Drought Information Center in 1988 and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in 1995. I served as director of the NDMC from 1995 until 2007, when I accepted the position of director of the School of Natural Resources. On August 1, 2012, I stepped down from the SNR director's position to rejoin the faculty. My principal research, outreach and teaching areas of interest are drought monitoring, preparedness, mitigation and policy; climate change; and climate impact assessment. I retired from UNL in 2016.

Throughout my career, I have worked with many federal and state agencies, foreign governments and international/regional organizations on a broad range of drought management issues. Most of my efforts have focused on the development and implementation of integrated drought management programs and risk-based drought preparedness strategies and policies. I have assisted states and the federal government in the U.S. and foreign governments around the world on the preparation of policies and plans to prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. To facilitate the development of drought plans in the U.S., I developed a 10-step planning process in the early 1990s that has been a model for drought plan development in many states.

In 2013, I served as chair of the International Organizing Committee for the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), held in Geneva, Switzerland. The principal sponsors of this international conference were the World Meteorological Organization, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, and the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. The goal of this conference was to promote the adoption of national drought management policies in drought-prone countries, largely based on the key the philosophy of the NDMC. Eighty-seven countries and over 400 persons participated in this conference.

There were several significant outcomes of this conference, including the conduct of six regional capacity building workshops between 2013-2015 on drought management and policy in developing countries — those most vulnerable to the effects of drought. Over 70 countries participated in these workshops in the following regions: Eastern and Central Europe; Southeast and South Asia; Western and Central Africa; Eastern and Southern Africa; Latin America; and North Africa and the Mideast.

Another outcome of the HDMDP was the creation of the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) in 2013 under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership (http://www.droughtmanagement.info). I chaired the advisory and management committees of IDMP from 2013 to 2019. In 2014, I authored a handbook, Guidelines for National Drought Management Policy: A Template for Action, for the IDMP.

These guidelines are based on the original 10-step planning process. However, this report’s focus is the application of the 10-step process to the development of national drought policies. The guidelines focus on the three pillars of successful drought management: monitoring and early warning; vulnerability and impact assessment; and mitigation and response. This publication is available at (https://www.droughtmanagement.info/literature/IDMP_NDMPG_en.pdf) in all languages of the United Nations. In 2020, I will be leading a workshop on the development of national drought management policies in South America, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank, NOAA and others. This workshop will use the 10-step process as the basis for policy development in each of the participating countries.

In 2017, I published the 2nd edition of a book, Drought and Water Crises: Integrating Science, Management and Policy ( https://www.crcpress.com/Drought-and-Water-Crises-Integrating-Science-Management-and-Policy-Second/Wilhite-Pulwarty/p/book/9781138035645). The 1st edition of the book was published in 2005. My co-editor for the 2nd edition was Roger Pulwarty, Senior Climate Scientist at NOAA. This book emphasizes progress in integrated drought management methodology and its application globally, including case studies from many countries. I am continuing to serve as the editor of the book series with the same title, Drought and Water Crisis, through CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Publishers. Six books are available currently as part of this series and other books are currently in various stages of the production process.

After stepping down as SNR director in 2012, the majority of my research and outreach efforts have focused on climate change and its implications for Nebraska. In September 2014, I was one of four authors that produced a university report, Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska. This report was prepared in response to a request from the Nebraska legislature. The report has attracted considerable attention across the state. As a follow on to the 2014 report, I co-organized a series of eight sector-based roundtables to identify appropriate adaptation and mitigation actions for each of these sectors. This series of 1-day roundtable events included the participation of more than 350 stakeholders and resulted in the publication of a summary report in early 2016. Both this report and the 2014 report are available at http://go.unl.edu/climatechange. Several legislative bills and resolutions, introduced in the Nebraska Legislature in 2016, 2017 and 2019, have proposed development of a climate action plan for Nebraska. The most recent bill (LB 283) is pending with the legislature.

I am also a member of the Nebraska Elder Climate Legacy group (http://elderclimatelegacy.org). This group is composed of emeriti faculty from the University of Nebraska and other retired professionals such as public school science teachers, clergy, and environmental advocates. As elder citizens of the earth, we strive to serve as catalysts in educating the public, opinion leaders, and decision makers regarding actions and policies that can effectively address critical environmental issues facing current and future generations, particularly climate change.

I am one of several co-editors, including Clark Archer, David Wishart, Rick Edwards, Les Howard and Fred Shelley, of a comprehensive Atlas of Nebraska in 2017. This atlas was published by the University of Nebraska Press 2017 in conjunction with Nebraska's Sesquicentennial. The atlas received the Nebraska Book Award in 2018 from the Nebraska Center for the Book in the category of Non-fiction Reference.

Please continue to examine the SNR website and all of the programs in the School of Natural Resources. The field of applied climate science offers many opportunities for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in applied climate science, I encourage you to explore educational and training opportunities with this program through direct contact with applied climate science faculty.

Selected Publications

Archer, J. C., Edwards, R., Howard, L. M., Shelley, F. M., Wilhite, D. A., Wishart, D. J. (2017). Cartography editor for all maps considered/used. Atlas of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE:.
Heim, R., Brewer, M., Pulwarty, R., Wilhite, D., Hayes, M. J., Sivakumar, M. (2017). Drought Early Warning and Information Systems. In Saeid Eslamian, Faezeh Eslamian (Ed.), Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity: Principles of Drought and Water Scarcity
Wilhite, D., Morrow, K., Shulski, M. (2017). Changes in Arctic Climate and Central U.S. Weather Patterns: Is There a Link? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.Online
Nam, W.H, M.J. Hayes, M.D. Svoboda, T. Tadesse, and D.A. Wilhite, 2015. Drought hazard assessment in the context of climate change for South Korea, Agricultural Water Management, 160:106-117;Online
Nam, W.-H., Hayes, M. J., Wilhite, D., Svoboda, M. (2015). Projection of Temporal Trends on Drought Characteristics using the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration (SPEI) Index in South Korea. Journal of the Korean Society of Agricultural Engineer
Fuchs, B.A., M.D. Svoboda, D.A. Wilhite, and M.J. Hayes. 2014. Drought Indices for Drought Risk Assessment in a Changing Climate (Chapter 43). Handbook of Engineering Hydrology Vol. 2: Modeling Climate Changes and Variability, Saeid Eslamian
Knutson, C.L. and D.A. Wilhite. 2014. Opportunities for drought risk reduction in Asia (Chapter 21). Global Change and Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspective, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England
M.V.K. Sivakumar, R. Stefanski, M. Bazza, S. Zelaya, D. Wilhite, and A. Rocha Magalhaes. 2014. High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy: Summary and Major Outcomes. Weather and Climate Extremes (Special Issue, March 2014).
Wilhite, D.A. 2014. Guidelines for the Development of National Drought Policies and Preparedness Plans. Special report from the Global Water Partnership and the World Meteorological Organization, Integrated Drought Management Program. Geneva, Switzerl
Wilhite, D.A. 2014. Changing the paradigm for drought management: Can we break the Hydro-illogical Cycle? Water Resources Impact (Invited essay, Special Issue, AWRA at 50: The Future for Water Resources in the United States. January. American Water Online
Wilhite, D.A., M.V.K. Sivakumar, R. Pulwarty. 2014. Managing Drought Risk in a Changing Climate: The Role of National Drought Policy. Weather and Climate Extremes. 3: 4-13.Online
M.V.K. Sivakumar, D.A. Wilhite, R.S. Pulwarty and R. Stefanski. 2013. The Need for National Drought Policies: Summary of the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP). Bulletin of the Amer. Meteorol. Soc. (Published online).
Trnka, M., Kersenbaum, C., Eitzinger, J., Hayes, M. J., Hlavinka, P., Svoboda, M., Dubrovsky, M., Semeradova, D., Wardlow, B., Pokorny, E., Mozny, M., Wilhite, D., Waltman, W., Zalud, Z. (2013). Consequences of climate change for the soil climate in centr
Sivakumar, M.K.V., R. Stefanski, and D.A. Wilhite. 2012. Proceedings of an International Workshop on Drought Indices and Early Warning Systems (University of Nebraska, December 2009). World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Wilhite, D. 2012. Defining Drought: The Challenges for Early Warning Systems. In: Proceedings of an International Workshop on Drought Indices and Early Warning Systems (University of Nebraska, December 2009). World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, S
Wilhite, D.A. 2012. Breaking the Hydro-Illogical Cycle: Changing the Paradigm for Drought Management (Comment), EARTH Magazine, July (pp. 71-72)Online
Wilhite, D.A., M.J. Hayes, and M. Svoboda. 2012. Drought. Encyclopedia on Environmetrics. John Wiley and Sons (in press).
Hayes, M., D. Wilhite, M. Svoboda, and M. Trnka. 2011. Investigating the Connections between Climate Change, Drought, and Agricultural Production. Handbook on climate Change and Agriculture. Edward Eigar Publishing Ltd.
Sivakumar, M.K.V., D. Wilhite, and J. Qu. 2011. Proceedings of an Expert Meeting on a Compendium for National Drought Policy (George Mason University, July 2011). World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.Online
Sivakumar, M.K.V., R. Motha, D. Wilhite, and D. Wood. 2011. Proceedings of an Expert Meeting on Agricultural Drought Indices (Murcia, Spain, June, 2010), World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.Online
Sivakumar, M.K.V., R. Pulwarty, D. Wilhite, and J. Ginnetti. 2011. Proposed Elements in a Compendium on National Drought Policy. Proceedings of an Expert Meeting on National Drought Policy. World Meteorological Organization.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2011. Breaking the Hydro-Illogical Cycle: Progress or Status Quo for Drought Management in the United States. European Water 34:3-16.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2011. Essential Elements of National Drought Policy: Moving Towards Creating National Drought Policy Guidelines. Proceeding of an Expert Meeting on a Compendium on National Drought Policy (George Mason University, July 2011). World Meteo
Wilhite, D.A. 2011. National Drought Policies: Addresses Impacts and Societal Vulnerability. Proceeding of an Expert Meeting on a Compendium on National Drought Policy (George Mason University, July 2011). World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Sw
Wilhite, D.A. 2011. Quantification of Agricultural Drought for Effective Drought Mitigation and Preparedness: Key Issues and Challenges. In: Sivakumar, M.K.V., R. Motha, D. Wilhite, and D. Wood. 2011. Proceedings of an Expert Meeting on AgriculturaOnline
Iglesias, A., A. Cancelliere, F. Cubillo, L. Garrote, and D. Wilhite. 2009. Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems: Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean. Land Degradation & Development. 23: 201-202.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2009. The Role of Monitoring as a Component of Preparedness Planning: Delivery of Information and Decision Support Tools. In: Iglesias, A., A. Cancelliere, F. Cubillo, L. Garrote, and D. Wilhite, eds. Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture
C.L. Knutson and D.A. Wilhite. 2008. New Developments and Opportunities for Drought Risk Reduction in Asia. In: P.K. Low (ed.), Global Change and Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspectives. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England. (in press
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. 1Online
Hunt, E.D., K.G. Hubbard, D.A. Wilhite, T.J. Arkebauer, and A.L. Dutcher. 2008. The development and evaluation of a soil moisture index. Int. J. Climatol. Wiley InterScience. DOI: 10.1002/joc.1749.Online
Knutson, C.L., S. Jones, M.E. Sittler, M. Higgins, M.D. Svoboda, D.R. Kluck, and D.A. Wilhite (2008) Development of a Low Flow Early Warning System for the NOAA National Weather Service, USA, Stream Ecology and Low Flows, Special Issue of the Internationa
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
Wilhite, D.A. 2008. The Role of Monitoring as a Component of Preparedness Planning: Delivery of Information and Decision Support Tools. Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems: Drought Management and Policy Development in the Me
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
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
Hu, Q., L.M. PytlikZillig, G.D. Lynne, K.G. Hubbard, W.J. Waltman, M.J. Hayes, A.J. Tomkins, and D.A. Wilhite. 2006. Improving farmers' forecast use from understanding their beliefs, social norms, and perceived obstacles. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol.
Tadesse, T., D.A. Wilhite, M.J. Hayes, J.F. Brown, and C.L. Knutson, 2006. Modern drought monitoring tool for decision support system. Encyclopedia of Digital Government, 3, 1212 -1218.
Cooter, E., B. Eder, C. Rosenzweig, B. Lynn, R. Goldberg, C. Knutson, M. Hayes, D. Wilhite, J. DeCarolis, and T. Barnett. 2005. Effects of climate change on weather and water. Environmental Management. Special issue on Climate Change and Air Quality.
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
Wilhite, D.A., M.J. Hayes, and C.L. Knutson (2005) Drought Preparedness Planning: Building Institutional Capacity. D.A. Wilhite (ed.), Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL
Wilhite, Donald A. Editor, 2005, Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.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
Botterill, Linda C. and Wilhite, Donald A. Editors, 2004, From Disaster Response to Risk Management; Australia's National Drought Policy.
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
Wu, H. and Wilhite, D.A., 2004, An Operational Agricultural Drought Risk Assessment Model for Nebraska, USA. Natural Hazards. 33: 1-21.Online
Wu, H., Hubbard, K.G., Wilhite, D.A. 2004. An Agricultural Drought Risk-Assessment Model for Corn & Soybeans. International Journal of Climatology 24: 723–741.Online
Wilhite, D.A., 2003. Drought Policy and Preparedness: International Experiences and Future Directions, in Drought: People, Policy, and Place (L. Botterill and M. Fisher, eds.), Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
Svoboda, M., Hayes, M., Wilhite, D. 2002. The Role of Integrated Drought Monitoring in Drought Mitigation Planning. Planning. Annals of Arid Zones. 40(1):1-11.
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, OcOnline
Wilhelmi, O. and D.A. Wilhite. 2002. Assessing Vulnerability to Agricultural Drought: A Nebraska Case Study. Natural Hazards 25: 37-58.Online
Wilhelmi, O., K. Hubbard, and D.A. Wilhite 2002. Spatial Representation of Agroclimatology in a Study of Agricultural Drought. International Journal of Climatology. 2:1399-1414 .
Wilhelmi, O.V., Hubbard K.G., and D.A. Wilhite 2002. Agroclimatolgical factors influencing vulnerability to agricultural drought: a Nebraska case study. International Journal of Climatology. 22:1399-1414 .
Wilhite, D.A., 2002. Combating Drought through Preparedness. Natural Resources Forum 26: 275-285.Online
White, D.H., Wilhite, D.A., O'Meagher, B.O. Hammer, G.L. 2001. Highlights of Drought Policy and Related Science in Australia and the U.S.A. Water International. 6(3):349-357.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2001. Drought Planning and Risk Assessment: Status and Future Directions. Annals of Arid Zones. 39(3):211-230.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2001. Drought policy and planning: moving beyond crisis management. Proceedings of the 2001 9th Section Fall Meeting. 1:205-215.
Wilhite, D.A. 2001. Moving beyond crisis management. Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy. 16(1):21-28 (Journal Series Number:13239)Online
Wilhite, D.A., and D.A. Wood 2001. Revisiting Drought Relief and Mgmt Efforts in the West: Have we learned from the past?. Journal of the West. 40(3):18-25Online
Donald A. Wilhite, M.V.K. Sivakumar and Deborah A. Wood (Eds.). 2000. Early Warning Systems for Drought Preparedness and Drought Management. Proceedings of an Expert Group Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal, 5-7 September 2000. Geneva, Switzerland: WorldOnline
Published in Drought and Drought Mitigation in Europe, edited by Jürgen V. Vogt and Francesca Somma, pp. 119–131 (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).Online
Wilhelmi, O., Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Methodology to assess agricultural drought vulnerability. Natural Hazards. (Journal Series Number:13029).
Wilhite D.A., 2000. Drought preparedness and response in the context of sub-Saharan Africa (invited). Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. 8(2):81-92 (Journal Series Number:12939).Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought as a natural hazard: Concepts and definitions. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought early warning systems in the context of drought preparedness and mitigation. Early Warning Systems for Drought Preparedness and Management. University of Nebraska.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought planning: A methodology. Report on the Status of Drought Preparedness and Mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought preparedness status, constraints, and future needs: A synthesis. Report on the Status of Drought Preparedness and Mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Universoty of Nebraska.
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought: A conceptual overview. Drought: A Global Assessment. University of Nebraska.
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Drought: A global assessment. Routledge Publishers, London. 800 pp.
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Preparing for Drought: A methodology. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. Paper 72. Chapter 35.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Reducing societal vulnerability to drought: Future challenges. (2000). Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. Paper 75. Chapter 51.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. Responding to drought: Common threads from the past, visions for the future. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 33: 951–959Online
Wilhite, D.A. 2000. State actions to mitigate drought: Lessons learned. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 33: 961–968Online
Wilhite, D.A. and O. Vanyarkho 2000. Drought: Pervasive impacts of a creeping phenomenon. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. Paper 71.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
Wilhite, D.A., M.J. Hayes, and M.D. Svoboda 2000. Drought monitoring and assessment: Status and trends in the United States. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. Paper 76.Online
Wilhite, D.A., M.J. Hayes, C. Knutson, and K.H. Smith 2000. Planning for drought: Moving from crisis to risk management. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 36:697-710Online
Wilhite, D.A., M.J. Hayes, M.D. Svoboda 2000. Drought Monitoring and Assessment: Status and Trends in the United States. Drought and Drought Mitigation in Europe. 149-160.Online
Wilhite, D.A., Wood, D.A. 2000. Drought management and policy in the west (invited). ournal of the West. .:. (Journal Series Number:13132)
Hayes M.J., M.D. Sovoboda, D.A. Wilhite, O.V. Vanyarko. 1999. Monitoring the 1996 Drought Using the Standardized Precipitation Index. American Meteorological Society. 80(3):429-438.Online
Wilhite, D. A., Hubbard, K. G. (Bleed, A. S., Flowerday, C. A., editors), 1998. [Sand Hills] Climate. An Atlas of the Sand Hills: 12 pp.
Wilhite D.A. 1997. State Actions to Mitigate Drought: Lessons Learned. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 33(5):961-968.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1997. Responding to drought: common threads from the past. Visions for the future. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 33(5):951-960 (Journal Series Number:11786)Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1997. State actions to mitigate drought: lessons learned. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 33:961-968 (Journal Series Number:11787)Online
Wilhite D.A. 1996. A Methodology for Drought Preparedness. Natural Hazards. 13:229-252 .Online
Wilhite D.A. and S.L. Rhodes 1994. State-level Drought Planning in the United States: Factors Influencing Plan Development. Water International. 19:15-24.Online
Klinedinst P.L., D.A. Wilhite, G.L. Hahn, Hubbard K.G. 1993. The Potential Effects of Climate Change on Summer Season Dairy Cattle Milk Production and Reproduction (RS-464). Climate Change. 23:21-36.Online
Meyer S.J., Hubbard K.G., and D.A. Wilhite 1993. A Crop-Specific Drought Index for Corn: II. Application in Drought Monitoring and Assessment. Agronomy Journal. 85:396-399.
Meyer S.J., K.G. Hubbard, and D.A. Wilhite 1993. A Crop-Specific Drought Index for Corn: I. Model Development and Validation. Agronomy Journal. 85:338-395.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1993. Understanding the Phenomenon of Drought. Hydro Review. 12(5):136-148.Online
Meyer S.J., K.G. Hubbard, and D.A. Wilhite 1991. The relationship of climatic indices and variables to corn (maize) yields: a principal components analysis. Crop Science. 55:59-84.
Peters A.J., D.C. Rundquicst, and D.A. Wilhite 1991. Satellite detection of the geographic core of the 1988 Nebraska drought. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 57:35-47.
Wilhite, D. A. 1991. Drought Planning and State Government: Current Status. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 72(10):1531-1536.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1991. Drought Planning: A Process for State Government. Water Resources Bulletin. 27(1):29-38.Online
Wilhite D.A. 1990. The Enigma of Drought: Management and Policy Issues for the 1990's. International Journal Environmental Studies. 36:41-54.Online
S.J. Meyer, K.G. Hubbard, and D.A. Wilhite 1989. Estimating potential evapotranspiration: The effect of random and systematic errors. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 46:285-296.
Wilhite D.A. and W.E. Easterling 1989. Coping With Drought: Toward a Plan of Action. Eos. 70(7):106-108.
Meyer S.J., Hubbard K.G., and D.A. Wilhite 1988. Improving Projected Potential Evapotranspiration Estimates Using National Weather Service Forecasts. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 27(10):1183-1188.Online
Neild R.E., D.A. Wilhite, and Hubbard K.G. 1987. Preseason Precipitation Probabilities as an Aid to Corn Planting Decisions. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 41:259-266.
Wilhite D.A. and W.E. Easterling 1987. Improving Drought Policy: A Plan for Action. Land Use Policy. 444-449.Online
Wilhite D.A. and Rosenberg N.J. 1986. Improving Federal Response to Drought. Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology. 25:332-342.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1986. Drought Policy in the U.S. and Australia: A Comparative Analysis. Water Resources Bulletin. 22(3):425-438.Online
Wilhite, D.A. 1986. International Drought Mitigation: An Introduction. Great Plains Quarterly. 6(3):148-150.Online
Wilhite D.A. 1985. The Enigma of Drought: Definition, Assessment, and Response. Sixth Conference in Hydrometeorology, Oct/Nov, Indianapolis, IN. 174-176.
Wilhite D.A. 1985. Understanding the Drought Phenomenon: The Role of Definitions. Water International. 10:111-120.Online
Wilhite D.A. and D.A. Wood 1985. Planning for Drought: The Role of State Government. Water Resources Bulletin. 21(1):31-38.Online
Wilhite D.A. 1983. Government Response to Drought in the United States: With Particular Reference to the Great Plains. Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology. 22(1):40-50.
Wilhite D.A. and Neild R.E. 1982. Determing Drought Frequency and Intensity on the Basis of Plant Response: Wild Hay in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, U.S.A. International Symposium on Hydrometeorology, Jun. 257-265.

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyGeography, Climate and Water ResourcesUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1975
Master of ScienceGeographyArizona State University1969
Bachelor of ScienceGeographyCentral Missouri State University1967

 

Affiliations

 

Awards

TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Environmental Leadership AwardLincoln-Lancaster County (Nebraska)2016
Award of MeritNebraska Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta2014
Fellow, Daugherty Water for Food Institute, University of NebraskaDaugherty Water for Food Institute, University of Nebraska2013
Fellow, American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society's Executive Council2013

 

Professional Organizations

NamePosition
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Water Resources Association

 

Websites

 

SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Grants

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 TitleImplications of Climatic Changes in the Arctic on Agriculture and Water Management in the Great Plains and Midwest Regions of the U.S.: An Exploratory Workshop
Starting Date06/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date05/31/2016
Funding Level$9,600.00
Funding AgencyAgricultural Research Division Strategic Funds

 

Grant TitleUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln/Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Liaison for Coordination of Water Quality Education Programming in Nebraska
Starting Date04/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2012
Funding Level$27,750.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Environmental Quality