Historically, drought has been viewed in terms of its agricultural, hydrological, and socioeconomic impacts. How drought affects ecosystems - and the services they provide humans - is often not discussed. In response, the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) initiated a national-scale effort that’s addressing this gap in drought research. A new concept – ecological drought – was developed to capture this emphasis on how drought impacts ecosystems. As a network the CASCs have pursued this initiative through multiple mechanisms, including research projects, workshops, webinars, and working groups. Learn more through our interactive geonarrative.