Regional Drought Decision Support System

Welcome to the Regional Drought Decision Support System (RDDSS) for the Red River of the North Basin


The Regional Drought Decision Support System (RDDSS) for the Red River of the North Basin (Red River Basin) is the vision of the International Water Institute (IWI) and collaborators. The intent of this system is to allow a broad and diverse audience access to a common base of drought-related information for the Red River Basin. The RDDSS project was funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP: Water Resources and Drought Management category) fund. The project was completed in December  2011.


The RDDSS was designed as a demonstration project with the intent of developing a regional template for a drought decision support system that is  consistent with and can be integrated into the efforts of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The project is a collaborative effort between the IWI, the National Weather Service (NWS) North Central River Forecast Center (NCRFC), and Houston Engineering, Inc. and is being guided by a Steering Committee.


The products and applications developed through this project are one component of the Red River Basin Decision Information Network (RRBDIN) currently under development. The vision for the RRBDIN is to serve as the home and repository for a number of shared applications and data to improve decision-making within the Red River Basin.


For more information about this project please consult the project abstract or the full proposal. The Project Library link on the left side of this page also contains more information including technical memoranda and Steering Committee presentations created during the completion of the project. In-depth information on the functionality of the tools within the RDDSS and the information being presented are contained within the RDDSS Help document. Additional information can be obtained from the Principal Investigator, Mr. Charles Fritz, Director, International Water Institute, Phone: 701.388.0861, Email:

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