Water for Food

Michael Hayes


Climatologist and Atmospheric Scientist

Director, National Drought Mitigation Center; Professor, School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Michael Hayes’ research focuses on drought planning, impacts, vulnerability and mitigation. He also works on precipitation indices, risk analyses and remote sensing.

He joined the National Drought Mitigation Center as a climate impact specialist in 1995 and became director in 2007. Under his leadership, the center works to provide people and institutions worldwide with the information they need to develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. Hayes works with a variety of officials, decision-makers and policymakers at local, tribal, state, national and international levels on drought-related issues and strategies. He participates in numerous drought workshops around the U.S. and the world to help educate officials about the seriousness of drought and to help them reduce future drought impacts.

Hayes holds doctoral and master’s degrees in atmospheric sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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