Professor, School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Donald Wilhite’s research and outreach activities focus on drought preparedness, mitigation and policy, climate and drought monitoring, climate impact assessment and the development of climate-based decision support tools. Wilhite has worked with numerous state, federal and international groups on climate and drought-related issues. Much of his work has related to developing and implementing integrated drought monitoring programs and risk-based drought preparedness strategies and policies.
He joined UNL in 1977 and is former director of the School of Natural Resources. Additionally, he was founding director of both UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center and its International Drought Information Center.
Wilhite is an American Meteorological Society Fellow and has published widely. He recently authored the Integrated Drought Management Program (IDMP) handbook, “Guidelines for National Drought Management Policy: A Template for Action,” and co-authored the report, “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.” He leads workshops worldwide on national drought management policies and chairs the IDMP’s management and advisory committees. He is past chair of the International Organizing Committee for the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy. He holds a doctorate in geography, climate and water resources from UNL.