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Watch how researchers predict droughts months in advance

An international team of scientists is combining satellite data, on-the-ground observations, and climate models to anticipate countries at risk of drought. Aid agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development use these forecasts to decide which countries need food assistance.

*Correction, 29 April, 11:30 a.m.: This video has been updated to correctly identify James Verdin’s title.