Climate Extension


Faculty Spotlight: Martha Shulski

9/17/2020 – I am the State Climatologist for Nebraska and direct the Nebraska State Climate Office, which houses the Nebraska Mesonet (a statewide weather network and one of the first of its kind in the country). I am also an associate professor of Applied Climate Science in the School of Natural Resources where I teach an introductory level course on our changing climate (NRES 104). We cover the science, the symptoms and solutions to this grand challenge. In my role as State Climatologist, I get to talk with a wide range of people and groups in this capacity, both within and outside of the university. I have provided a tour of a Mesonet weather station to a preschool class and later the same week briefed Senator Deb Fischer on emerging climate issues facing Nebraska.  Continue the story
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Drought center's directors look back at what led to NDMC's founding 25 years ago

8/10/2020 – From left to right: NDMC founder Donald Wilhite, former NDMC director Michael Hayes and current NDMC director Mark Svoboda at the Center’s 20-year anniversary in 2015. A series of research projects, workshops and collaborations with state and federal leaders led up to the founding of the National Drought Mitigation Center in 1995, reinforced the need to put drought issues front and center for policymakers.  Continue the story
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To help farmers better prepare for drought, Rimsaite analyzes water markets for NDMC, Water for Food

8/10/2020 – At the National Drought Mitigation Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Renata Rimsaite examines how the U.S. Drought Monitor, water markets and incentive-based water management techniques can improve water scarcity management policies for farmers.  Continue the story
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Climat4Cities Title Sister Cities Example

Planning for climate change isn't easy. The complexity of the issue itself is hard to digest, let alone translate into action items. A suite of tools designed by a group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers gives municipal planners a clearer climate picture of what to expect and prepare for.

The project provides climate data in a variety of forms, including historical trends and future projections, for a range of climate variables. The potentially greatest display of that information comes in the form of the "Sister City" tool.

IANR Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm speaks with KRVN about the Climate for Cities project.


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.

Specific information with quick fact infographs can be found for Dormancy Breaks, Drought, Frost and Winter Desiccation.

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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.