ESSIC researcher Amy McNally's land surface modeling & water availability monitoring work is being utilized by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). The work was featured in a mid-December 2015 FEWS NET special report entitled, "Illustrating the extent and severity of the 2015 drought." (McNally's research is specifically referenced in Maps 3 & 4 of the report labeled (source FEWS NET/NASA). These reports are used as decision support for humanitarian aid organizations e.g. USAID Food for Peace and the UN World Food Program.