RESTON, Va. –Drought in the United States is the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston, Va.
Titled, "The Drought Chronicles 2012 More Tales of the Hydro-illogical Cycle," the lecture takes place in a federal facility and a valid photo ID is required for entry by attendees 18 years of age and older. Attendees should plan to arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes early to process through security.
Drought is a normal and recurrent feature of climate. Indeed, moderate to severe drought has been observed in some part of the United States in every single week over the past decade.
Learn what, if anything, distinguishes the drought of 2012 from other episodes during the past decade, or the past century; what causes periods of intense dryness; and what the outlook is for drought in the coming months and years.
For more information and directions visit the Public Lecture Series website
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These evening events are free to the public and intended to familiarize a general audience with science issues that are meaningful to their daily lives. USGS speakers are selected for their ability and enthusiasm to share their expertise with an audience that may be unfamiliar with the topic.
The series provides the public an opportunity to interact with USGS scientists and ask questions about recent developments in Natural Hazards; Water; Energy Minerals and Environmental Health; Climate and Land Use Change; Ecosystems; and Core Science Systems. Ultimately, the goal is to create a better understanding of the importance and value of USGS science in action.