Climate Extension


Research shows large-scale irrigation reduces local precipitation

2/27/2018 – Joe Szilagyi has shown widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research.
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'Drought and Water Crises' resource gets update

2/27/2018 – Given the increasing frequency of headlines like 'City May Run Out of Water', someone working globally on drought issues for more than 30 years might be forgiven for becoming either discouraged or militant. A career in drought monitoring and planning, however, has given Don Wilhite, founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a more considered response to the headlines.
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Extremes list highlights Nebraska's variable climate

1/31/2018 – Last year, Nebraska saw a 129-degree spread between the highest temperature and the lowest recorded by a Nebraska Mesonet weather station. Other extremes recorded included a 4.3-inch one-day rain and a 50 degree 24-hour temperature change.
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Nebraska Extension Issue Teams

Nebraska faces critical issues we must address to make our world a better place. Many of these issues are complex, multidisciplinary, and challenging, yet they present us with great opportunities to help shape a future that is promising for our state and nation. Climate Variation is one of the issue themes and is lead by Tyler Williams.


CropWatch is a central resource for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension information on crop production and pest management. It is written by Extension Educators and Specialists and produced by IANR Media in the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Applied Climate and Spatial Science Mission Area

Faculty, staff and students in Applied Climate and Spatial Sciences work to advance our understanding of the climate-water-human-environmental nexus. The mission area is bolstered by internationally recognized centers, nationally recognized units, and laboratories representing local to global scales of study and long-term environmental monitoring programs.

Useful to Usable

This project focused on improving the usability of climate information for agricultural production in the Midwestern United States. A diverse team of biophysical and social scientists from nine Midwestern universities spent six years working with the agricultural community to develop climate-based decision support tools and resources to enhance farm resilience to a variable and changing climate.

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Weather Ready Nebraska

Through programs and resources that focus on identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing actions. Nebraska Extension is committed to helping agricultural producers, businesses, and communities increase resiliency in the face of hard times related to weather.

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