Homeland Security Newswire reports a researcher at Australia’s Victoria University has developed a tool to predict drought conditions six months ahead of time, enabling governments and water authorities to better manage water supplies.

The tool developed by Water engineer Dr. Shishutosh Barua measures water and climatic variables to evaluate dryness in an area. The tool then considers past data to make predictions of future drought conditions.

Dr. Barua says the tool measures drought conditions six months in advance and the “early detection of droughts will help water managers to implement drought mitigation strategies and measures before droughts occur.”

The study and resulting tool was part of the Ph.D. study Barua completed on the Yarra River catchment, Melbourne’s major water source. The tool also accurately detected past droughts in Victoria.

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Source: Homeland Security Newswire