In conjunction with the Utah State University Climate Center, a team of professors have procured a grant of $141,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Water Reclamation. Funded by the Water SMART Grants Program, the money will be used to further develop climate analysis tools so that scientists across the country can use the Climate Center’s data to better predict weather patterns that heavily influence watershed resources.The grant is the work of Bob Gillies, associate professor, and Jiming Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate and Simon Waang, assistant professor of Climate at the Utah Climate Center. In areas like Somalia and Texas that are drought prone, risk management is vital, Gillies says. He hopes his team’s research will be used in preparing such areas for water shortage. Gillies hopes the research will impact future weather predictions which in turn will be a great asset to farmers, scientists and citizens.
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