Introducing LERI, a new high-resolution and remotely-sensed drought monitoring tool

Introducing LERI, a new high-resolution and remotely-sensed drought monitoring tool

News Type: Federal Source: North Central Climate Science Center
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The Landscape Evaporative Response Index (LERI) is an experimental drought-monitoring and early warning guidance tool that measures deviations in the actual evapotranspiration (ETa) from the land surface relative to “normal” conditions for the available period of satellite observations (2000-present). ETa is a measure of how much water is actually leaving the land’s surface through evaporation and transpiration (via plants) and entering the atmosphere. This is an important metric for tracking water use efficiency and plant and soil stress.