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Data from: 'Drowning in Drought': County-level drought vulnerability and adaptive capacity of New Mexico Ranchers

To capture the nuances of drought experiences across New Mexico, semi-structured interviews were conducted with New Mexico State University (NMSU) Cooperative Extension Service (CES) agents (livestock, 4-H, Tribal) across the state in June-September 2020. The interviews were guided by the questions “does region matter [for drought adaptation differences], and on what?” Interview questions were phrased to gauge county ranch and rancher characteristics; clientele perceptions of climate change and drought; ranchers’ relationships with agents; challenges posed by drought, climate, and climate change; adaptation strategies; informational sources and other resources; and climate/drought solution visions for the future. Upon the conclusion of data collection, 15 Extension professionals were interviewed. The purpose of collecting this data is to understand sources of variability that influence vulnerability at more localized scales. With this understanding, the ability to withstand drought impacts across heterogeneous landscapes can be improved.

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-109.05761741102 36.98317495734, -103.02245937288 37.029965246139, -103.16894553602 32.111658532138, -106.71386562288 32.111658532138, -106.56738214195 31.888052000299, -108.20800624788 31.76359160396, -108.17871116102 31.414209420986, -109.05761741102 31.314146187333))
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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The study site includes the state of New Mexico.
Temporal Coverage
June 6, 2020 to September 8, 2020
Data Dictionary
Contact Name
Dinan, Maude
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