Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center; Geoscientist, School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska‒Lincoln
Mark Svoboda’s responsibilities include overseeing the National Drought Mitigation Center’s operational national drought monitoring activities and providing expertise on climate and water management issues by working closely with states, federal agencies, and international governments as well as the media and private sector.
Svoboda co-founded the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) in 1999 and is one of the principal authors of both the weekly USDM and monthly North American Drought Monitor products. He is involved with drought monitoring, assessment and prediction committees at state, regional and national levels. He currently sits on the American Meteorological Society’s Applied Climate Committee, as well as the Implementation Team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Integrated Drought Information System Program Office. In addition, he has extensive experience working with the international drought, water and climate community via project collaboration, consultation, and through various training and outreach opportunities with more than 50 countries and international organizations.
Svoboda holds a master’s degree in geography with a specialization in remote sensing, climatology and GIS and a bachelor’s degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from UNL.