Hello, I'm Martha Durr, a professor of applied climate science in the School of Natural Resources. I serve as the Director of the Nebraska State Climate Office and State Climatologist for Nebraska. At the State Climate Office, our goal is to deliver science-based weather and climate information to inform decisions. I joined the faculty at UNL in August 2009.
My research interests are in the areas of climate variability and change and climate impacts. This involves understanding the causes and drivers of variability (on various time and space scales) and how this variability influences historical trends. Of great importance is also how these changes impact our society and environment. Many of the projects I have been involved with are interdisciplinary - bringing together researchers from various specialties to study an issue - and climate is a critical component to most all environmental issues. I also have a strong interest in understanding information needs and often work closely with users of weather and climate information to deliver decision support tools.
An integral component of the State Climate Office is the Nebraska Mesonet. The Mesonet is a statewide automated network that observes the weather and climate conditions. This network began in 1981 with five stations and now we are fortunate to have nearly 70 across Nebraska.
Each fall I teach NRES 104 - Climate in Crisis. It is an introductory survey of our changing climate. We discuss the drivers of change, look into the data, talk about the complexities of and feedbacks in the climate system, and investigate solutions for adaptation and mitigation.
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Master of Applied Science
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in
Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in