Allen (Al) Dutcher

Allen (Al) Dutcher

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Title Extension Agricultural Climatologist
Address 153d Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-5206
FAX 402-472-2946
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Phone (402)-472-5206

Office Hours

MTWRF 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hi, I'm Al Dutcher, and I'm a Extension Agricultural Climatologist with the Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO) and the School of Natural Resources.

My main research and service interests have to do with crop-climate relationships, soil-moisture monitoring, drought monitoring, climate forecasting, precipitation distributions, and thermal tracking of crop and insect development.

These issues have real-world impacts as follows: temperature sensor changes can affect load function equations used by utilities for billing customers; precipitation distribution (on the landscape) will affect crop stress and yield functions; accurate soil moisture assessment at the beginning of the cropping season can be used to determine the degree of risk for potential drought damage; proper weather station siting will give a more accurate representation of weather conditions; thermal tracking of crop and insect development will allow for more accurate evapotranspiration forecasts and timely insecticide applications.

In the past, I've worked on similar kinds of projects: soil moisture modeling, evapotranspiration modeling, weather broadcasting, drought monitoring, surface weather observation siting, impacts of sensor changes on temperature functions, and impacts of precipitation distributions on crop yields.

I've b the state climatologist since 1991, first as a staff person, and since 2006 as faculty. From 1989 to 1991, I was an operations climatologist with the UNL-based High Plains Regional Climate Center.

Selected Publications

Hunt, E.D., K.G. Hubbard, D.A. Wilhite, T.J. Arkebauer, and A.L. Dutcher. 2008. The development and evaluation of a soil moisture index. Int. J. Climatol. Wiley InterScience. DOI: 10.1002/joc.1749. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - Iowa State University, Meteorology (1983)
  • MS - Iowa State University, Agricultural Meteorology (1985)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

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Areas of Interest

  • Climate services
  • Climate Data Requests
  • Climate Trends
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Drought Monitoring
  • Crop Yield - Climate relationships
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Climate - Pheonological Development
  • Soil Moisture Monitoring

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