Mark Svoboda, a geographer and climatologist by training, has been with the National Drought Mitigation Centersince 1995. He oversees the center’s staff and mission focused on drought risk management, monitoring and early warning, research, and outreach activities. He co-founded the creation and development of the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) in 1999 and serves as one of the principal authors of both the weekly USDM and monthly North American Drought Monitor products. Svobodais heavily involved with drought monitoring/early warning, assessment and prediction committees at state, regional and national levels. In addition, he has extensive experience working with the international drought, water and climate community via project collaboration, advisory panels, consultation and through various hands-on training and outreach opportunities with over 50 countries and international organizations to date.
Svobodaearned a doctorate in natural resources with a human dimensions specialization, 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, all from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.