Centers, Units & Labs
Long-term greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration study (AmeriFlux Network, Mead sites (US-Ne1, US-Ne2, and US-Ne3; http://ameriflux.ornl.gov) has been in continuous operation since 2001 and currently lead by Dr. Andrew Suyker to determine how much carbon can be stored in dryland and irrigated cropping systems, and what soil, plant, and atmospheric factors regulate C sequestration. Recently, the sites joined the AmeriFlux Core Site Network and will be funded on a long-term basis.
A center-of-excellence for education and research, the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies focuses on 1) Remote Sensing, 2) Geographic Information Systems and 3) Global Positioning Systems.
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The Conservation and Survey Division, the natural resource survey component of the School of Natural Resources, is a unique, multi-disciplinary research, service and data-collection organization established by state statute in 1921. The Division's mission is to investigate and record information about Nebraska's geologic history, its rock and mineral resources, the quantity and quality of its water resources, land cover and other aspects of its geography, as well as the nature, distribution and uses of its soils.
Our goal is to monitor and model the flow of water through natural and human dominated ecosystems in order to understand how ecosystems function and how to utilize water more efficiently for food production. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and works at the interfaces of ecology, hydrology, agronomy, and geophysics.
Exploring Ecosystem Function at Multiple Scales -Dr. John Gamon studies the "breathing of the planet" – the exchanges of carbon and water vapour between the biosphere and the atmosphere that affect ecosystem productivity and help regulate our atmosphere and climate. Of particular interest are the effects of disturbance (fires, succession, weather events and climate change) on these basic processes. Additional research questions involve the detection of plant physiology, ecosystem function, species composition, and biodiversity using non-contact sampling methods. Much of this work is done with optical monitoring (remote sensing and automated field methods), and entails the development of new monitoring methods and related informatics tools.
Seeking to increase the use and availability of climate data in the High Plains region, the High Plains Regional Climate Center works closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers to develop and implement services and programs that provide a regional structure for climate applications.
The Platte River – High Plains Aquifer (PR-HPA) is one of 18 established Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research (LTAR) networks across the US. PR-HPA is a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the USDA-ARS Agroecosystem Management Research Unit (AMRU) in Lincoln, and the USDA-ARS Environmental Management Research Unit (EMRU) in Clay Center, NE. Current research emphases are on addressing present-day and emerging issues related to profitability and sustainability of agroecosystems.
The Nebraska State Climate Office is an organization dedicated to delivering science-based climate services at the local and state level. Our focus is on weather and climate monitoring, climate services, and stakeholder engagement. Our operations include the Nebraska Mesonet, a state-wide weather observation network with nearly 70 locations across Nebraska assessing local conditions.