Deb Bathke

Deb Bathke

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  • Grants
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Contact Information

TitleClimate Scientist
Faculty RankResearch Associate Professor
Address823 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0988
Phone
  • office: 402-472-6199
  • fax: 402-472-2946
E-maildbathke2@unl.edu
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My Story

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.

Selected Publications

Bathke, D., Haigh, T., Bernadt, T., Wall, N., Hill, H., Carson, A. 2019. Using Serious Games to Facilitate Collaborative Water Management Planning Under Climate Extremes. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (167), 55-60.Online
Bathke, D., Prendeville, H. R., Jacobs, A., Heim, R., Thoman, R., Fuchs, B. 2019. Defining Drought in a Temperate Rainforest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.Online
Bathke, D., Prendeville, H., Jacobs, A., Heim, R., Thoman, R., Fuchs, B. 2019. Defining Drought in a Temperate Rainforest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. December 2019: 2665-2668.Online
McAfee, S.A., Littell, J.S., Prendeville, H.R., Gray, S.T., Jacobs, A., Thoman, R., Bathke, D., Bidlak, A., Bieniek, P., Lader, R., Rupp, T.S., Wolken, G.J. 2019. Blending Coproduction and Conventional Research Approaches to Address Real-World Climate Cha
Petersen, B., Fuchs, B., Hayes, M.J., Brusberg, M.D., Bathke, D. 2019. Using GIS to Show Drought Impacts on North American Agricultural Commodities. Boston, MA: AMS.Online
Poděbradská, M., Wylie, B., Hayes, M. J., Wardlow, B., Bathke, D., Dahal, D., Bliss, N. 2019. Monitoring Drought Impacts on Annual Forage Production in Semi-arid Grasslands: Nebraska Sandhills Case Study. Remote Sensing. 11(18), 2106.Online
Podebradska, M., Wylie, B., Hayes, M.J., Wardlow, B., Bathke, D. 2019. Developing a Tool to Monitor Drought Impacts on Semi-Arid U.S. Grasslands: Nebraska Sandhills Case Study. Littleton, Co: Society for Range Management. Pp. 74.Online
Podebradska, M., Wylie, B., Hayes, M.J., Wardlow, B., Bathke, D. 2019. Developing a Tool to Monitor Drought Impacts on Semi-Arid U.S. Grasslands: Nebraska Sandhills Case Study. Washington, D.C.: ESA.Online
Podebradska, M., Wylie, B., Hayes, M.J., Wardlow, B., Bathke, D. 2019. Drought Impacts on Annual Forage Production in Semi-arid Grasslands. AGU.Online
Podebradska, M., Wylie, B., Hayes, M.J., Wardlow, B.D., Bathke, D.J., Bliss, N.B., Dahal, D. (2019) Monitoring Drought Impact on Annual Forage Production in Semi-Arid Grasslands: A Case Study of Nebraska Sandhills. Remoste Sens. 11(18), 2106Online
Raheem, N., Cravens, A. E., Cross, M. S., Crausbay, S., Ramirez, A., McEvoy, J., Zoanni, D., Bathke, D., Hayes, M. J., Carter, S., Rubenstein, M., Schwend, A., Hall, K., Suberu, P. 2019. Planning for Ecological Drought: Integrating Ecosystem Services and Online
Wickham, E., Bathke, D., Bulling, D., Abdel-Monem, T., Pytlik Zillig, L., Bernadt,T., Wall, N., Stiles, C. 2019. Conducting a drought-specific THIRA (Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment): A powerful tool for integrating all-hazard mitigatOnline
Bathke, D. (2018). U.S. Drought Monitor: December 4, 2018.Online
Bathke, D. (2018). U.S. Drought Monitor: February 20, 2018.Online
Bathke, D. (2018). U.S. Drought Monitor: February 27, 2018.Online
Bathke, D. (2018). U.S. Drought Monitor: October 30, 2018.Online
Bulling, D., Bathke, D., Pytlik Zillig, L., Abdel-Monem, T., Stiles, C., Wickham, E., Bernadt, T., Wall, N. (2018). Drought THIRA Application Toolkit.Online
Carson, A., Hill, H., Windsor, M., Haigh, T., Wall, N., Smith, J., Olsen, R., Bathke, D., Demir, I., Muste, M. (2018). Serious Gaming Based Participatory Planning for Mitigation of Flood, Drought, and Water Quality. International Journal of River Basin Ma
Jedd, T., Bathke, D., Gill, D., Paul, B., Wall, N., Bernadt, T., Petr, J., Mucia, A., Wall, M. (2018). Tracking Drought Recovery and Resilience at the Community Level: A Rural Case Study of a Recurrent Invisible Hazard. Tracking Drought Perspectives: A Ru
McEvoy, J., Bathke, D., Burkardt, N., Cravens, A., Haigh, T., Hall, K., Hayes, M. J., Jedd, T., Podebradska, M., Wickham, E. (2018). Ecological Drought: Accounting for the Non-Human Impacts of Water Shortage in the Upper Missouri Headwaters Basin, MontanOnline
Tadesse, T., Wall, N., Hayes, M. J., Svoboda, M., Bathke, D. (2018). Improving National and Regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the Greater Horn of Africa. Improving National and Regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Crausbay, S., Ramirez, A., Carter, S., Cross, M., Hall, K., Bathke, D., Betancourt, J., Colt, S., Cravens, A., Dalton, M., Dunham, J., Hay, L., Hayes, M. J., McEvoy, J., McNutt, C., Moritz, M., Nislow, K., Raheem, N., Sanford, T. (2017). Defining EcologicOnline
Crausbay, S., Ramirez, A., Carter, S., Cross, M., Hall, K., Bathke, D., Betancourt, J., Colt, S., Cravens, A., Dalton, M., Dunham, J., Hayes, L., Hayes, M. J., McEvoy, J., McNutt, C., Moritz, M., Nislow, K., Raheem, N., Sanford, T. (2017). Defining ecologOnline
Tadesse, T., D. Bathke, N. Wall, J. Petr, and T. Haigh, 2015. Participatory Research Workshop on Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, ES139Online
Bathke, D., N. Wall, J. Nothwehr, K. Smith, D. Woudenberg, T. Bernadt, C. Bergman, J. Robine, M. Hayes, M. Svoboda, L. Darby, and R. Pulwarty, 2012: Building a Sustainable Network of Drought Communities. National Integrated Drought Information System EngaOnline
Bathke, D., Bernadt, T., Fuchs, B., Svoboda, M. (in press). A Tutorial for the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyAtmospheric SciencesOhio State University2004
Master of ScienceUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1998
Bachelor of ScienceUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1995

 

Affiliations

 

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 TitleProviding Drought Risk Management Services for the World Bank
Starting Date05/29/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/24/2021
Funding Level$199,994.00
Funding AgencyWorld Bank Group

 

Grant TitleExtension Guidebook to Help Communities Plan for Drought
Starting Date02/29/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$14,897.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Wisconsin Extension

 

Grant TitleExtension Guidebook
Starting Date10/01/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2020
Funding Level$24,671.00
Funding AgencyUSDA - NIFA

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/30/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/29/2020
Funding Level$833,384.00
Funding AgencyUSDA-OCE

 

Grant TitleProviding Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date09/01/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2021
Funding Level$791,470.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

 

Grant TitleNIDIS Help Desk Support AWR FY20 (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/01/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2020
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

 

Grant TitleUSAID MENAdrought
Starting Date06/03/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2021
Funding Level$1,222,118.00
Funding AgencyIWMI

 

Grant TitleMENA Regional Drought Management (Additional Funding)
Starting Date05/20/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2019
Funding Level$478,800.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Environmental Trust

 

Grant TitleDrought Impacts on Grasslands
Starting Date03/15/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/14/2019
Funding Level$84,995.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Interior - GS

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date09/01/2018

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2019
Funding Level$211,552.00
Funding AgencyDepartment of Commerce

 

Grant TitleSpotty Rain Champaign: Enhancing the Capacity for Rural Libraries to Engage the Public in Drought Science, Monitoring and Adaptation
Starting Date07/15/2018

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$14,280.00
Funding AgencyOklahoma State University

 

Grant TitleNIDIS Portal Assistance (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/01/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2018
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyNOAA

 

Grant TitleNP NRD Drought Tournament
Starting Date10/25/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/24/2017
Funding Level$5,823.00
Funding AgencyNorth Platte NRD

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States (Additional Funding)
Starting Date10/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2017
Funding Level$827,501.00
Funding AgencyUSDA - OCE

 

Grant TitleNIDIS Portal Assistance
Starting Date09/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2017
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleProviding Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date06/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date05/31/2018
Funding Level$798,885.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleDrought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date09/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2015
Funding Level$693,696.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center
Starting Date12/31/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$829,888.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleDrought Monitor
Starting Date10/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2013
Funding Level$558,401.00
Funding AgencyAgriculture and Food Research Initiative/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

 

Advising

Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Bio-Atmospehric Interactions

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Bio-Atmospehric Interactions