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Findings from Nebraska

Study finds effects of weather, time on wildlife sightings

Findings from Nebraska's Anastasia Madsen and colleagues could help improve population estimates of elusive and endangered species. (5/27/2020)
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A recently published study led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources PhD candidate Mikaela Cherry found that winter precipitation reloads most of the state’s groundwater supply.

New research shows when Nebraska’s groundwater supplies recharge

A recently published study led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources PhD candidate Mikaela Cherry found that winter precipitation reloads most of the state’s groundwater supply.  (5/20/2020)
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Twenty-two bedrock tunnel cores unearthed in 2008 and 2019 are being stored at a UNL facility in Mead thanks to a partnership between the City of Omaha and Conservation and Survey Division.

Geologist Joeckel explores ‘new world’ beneath Omaha as part of bedrock tunnel project

Twenty-two bedrock tunnel cores unearthed in 2008 and 2019 are being stored at a UNL facility in Mead thanks to a partnership between the City of Omaha and Conservation and Survey Division.  (5/6/2020)
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Judy Turk, a pedologist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, was the lead author on a research paper about the vesicular horizon (V) that was published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Desert soil research conducted by SNR's Turk spotlights new 'horizon'

Judy Turk, a pedologist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, was the lead author on a research paper about the vesicular horizon (V) that was published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.  (5/6/2020)
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The Grassland Productivity Forecast, or Grass-Cast, was developed in collaboration with Colorado State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Arizona and NDMC, which is housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.

Grass-Cast maps now available on National Drought Mitigation Center website

The Grassland Productivity Forecast, or Grass-Cast, was developed in collaboration with Colorado State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Arizona and NDMC, which is housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.  (5/6/2020)
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"Return of the Swan" features photos and an essay by PBT co-founder and photographer Michael Forsberg, and introduces readers and viewers to researchers who have worked to protect trumpeter swans and their habitat, as well as ranchers who live alongside these birds

Latest Platte Basin Timelapse project showcases trumpeter swan's return to Nebraska Sandhills

"Return of the Swan" features photos and an essay by PBT co-founder and photographer Michael Forsberg, and introduces readers and viewers to researchers who have worked to protect trumpeter swans and their habitat, as well as ranchers who live alongside these birds (4/22/2020)
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The National Science Foundation funded a five-year project to develop a new FEW-Nexus network focused on education and education research that is headed by Cory Forbes, associate professor of science learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.

SNR's Forbes leads development of NCR on Food, Energy and Water Education

The National Science Foundation funded a five-year project to develop a new FEW-Nexus network focused on education and education research that is headed by Cory Forbes, associate professor of science learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.  (4/7/2020)
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The National Drought Mitigation Center and Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies have helped launch first-of-their-kind global drought-monitoring and forecast products utilizing NASA satellite observations.

Drought center, CALMIT help launch drought-monitoring, forecast tools

The National Drought Mitigation Center and Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies have helped launch first-of-their-kind global drought-monitoring and forecast products utilizing NASA satellite observations. (4/3/2020)
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One year ago, a historic flood struck Nebraska, leaving a path of destruction and reminding Nebraskans of the power of a raging river. But destructive floods in Nebraska’s ancient past have also shaped the geology of the state, a recent study by Nebraska researchers finds.

Flooding likely formed, left behind boulders in Wildcat Ridge millions of years ago

One year ago, a historic flood struck Nebraska, leaving a path of destruction and reminding Nebraskans of the power of a raging river. But destructive floods in Nebraska’s ancient past have also shaped the geology of the state, a recent study by Nebraska researchers finds.  (3/11/2020)
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The National Drought Mitigation Center has received an $883,384 grant from the USDA to advance key initiatives in 2020. The work is designed to better help landowners and communities manage drought challenges.

Drought Mitigation Center continues to develop, expand tools

The National Drought Mitigation Center has received an $883,384 grant from the USDA to advance key initiatives in 2020. The work is designed to better help landowners and communities manage drought challenges. (1/22/2020)
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Alexa Davis, graduate student with the School of Natural Resources, is testing whether living, floating treatment wetlands can survive a Nebraska winter. If they do, it could have long-term, positive implications for Midwestern states trying to reduce nutrient runoff. Continue reading…

Researchers testing floating wetlands ability to survive winter

Alexa Davis, graduate student with the School of Natural Resources, is testing whether living, floating treatment wetlands can survive a Nebraska winter. If they do, it could have long-term, positive implications for Midwestern states trying to reduce nutrient runoff. Continue reading…  (1/16/2020)
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To many people, the spooky sight of a bat flying across a moonlit sky is a sign of Halloween.

Study allows Husker to hang with bats

To many people, the spooky sight of a bat flying across a moonlit sky is a sign of Halloween. (10/31/2019)
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A new grant that brings together researchers from Nebraska, Illinois and Princeton aims to bridge the gap between data-collection, modeling and decision-making so crop producers can more easily decide whether to irrigate. The project could potentially save both financial and water resources

Researchers to tackle irrigation decision-making with help of USDA grant

A new grant that brings together researchers from Nebraska, Illinois and Princeton aims to bridge the gap between data-collection, modeling and decision-making so crop producers can more easily decide whether to irrigate. The project could potentially save both financial and water resources (10/30/2019)
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By analyzing Google Earth images, a trio of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Conservation and Survey Division scientists discovered widespread, permanent ground ice, or permafrost, was common in northern Nebraska about 26,500 to 19,000 years ago.

Researchers discover strongest evidence yet for permafrost in Nebraska’s geologic past

By analyzing Google Earth images, a trio of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Conservation and Survey Division scientists discovered widespread, permanent ground ice, or permafrost, was common in northern Nebraska about 26,500 to 19,000 years ago.  (10/30/2019)
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A study by National Drought Mitigation Center research specialist Tonya Haigh provides insight into when and why ranchers began responding to a 2016 flash drought in parts of Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana.

NDMC’s Haigh finds ranchers delayed response to drought

A study by National Drought Mitigation Center research specialist Tonya Haigh provides insight into when and why ranchers began responding to a 2016 flash drought in parts of Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana.  (10/30/2019)
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher Matthew Douglass is leading an international, multi-disciplinary team studying the current socio-ecological system of the Daasanach population. Larkin Powell and Yi Qi of SNR are on that team.

Nebraska leads study of Kenya's socio-ecological systems

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher Matthew Douglass is leading an international, multi-disciplinary team studying the current socio-ecological system of the Daasanach population. Larkin Powell and Yi Qi of SNR are on that team.  (10/30/2019)
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A team from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is working to develop and implement first-of-their-kind screening tools that enable earlier, more precise detection of subtle changes that foreshadow destabilizing ecological transitions.

Early detection of changing ecosystems is aim of Nebraska-led research

A team from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is working to develop and implement first-of-their-kind screening tools that enable earlier, more precise detection of subtle changes that foreshadow destabilizing ecological transitions.  (10/3/2019)
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A National Science Foundation grant will help University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers study how severe storms are formed in the Great Plains so they can better predict when storms will form, how destructive they will be, and if there is a chance of tornadoes or flash flooding.

Hu lands NSF grant to study severe storms, predict potential damage

A National Science Foundation grant will help University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers study how severe storms are formed in the Great Plains so they can better predict when storms will form, how destructive they will be, and if there is a chance of tornadoes or flash flooding.  (8/20/2019)
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Eight University of Nebraska partners, including the Nebraska State Climate Office, recently were awarded a Collaboration Initiative Seed Grant worth about $145,000 to examine the human health and socio-economic effects of extreme weather and climate-related events

Grant to bridge climate change and human health effects

Eight University of Nebraska partners, including the Nebraska State Climate Office, recently were awarded a Collaboration Initiative Seed Grant worth about $145,000 to examine the human health and socio-economic effects of extreme weather and climate-related events (8/20/2019)
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When one sits down to talk about water and ecosystem resiliency with Steve Thomas, river and stream ecologist with the School of Natural Resources, the conversation quickly meanders just like the streams he studies.

Resilience doesn’t mean stagnant

When one sits down to talk about water and ecosystem resiliency with Steve Thomas, river and stream ecologist with the School of Natural Resources, the conversation quickly meanders just like the streams he studies. (7/5/2019)
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Caleb Roberts, Craig Allen and Dirac Twidwell have found evidence that multiple ecosystems in the U.S. Great Plains have moved substantially northward during the past 50 years.

Analysis finds U.S. ecosystems shifting hundreds of miles north

Caleb Roberts, Craig Allen and Dirac Twidwell have found evidence that multiple ecosystems in the U.S. Great Plains have moved substantially northward during the past 50 years.  (7/1/2019)
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Significant Workshops

Implications of a Changing Arctic on the Water Resources and Agriculture in the Central U.S. (2015)

The focus of this workshop was on how the significant climatic and environmental changes being observed in the Arctic may be affecting changes in mid-latitude weather and the implications of these changes on the frequency of extreme weather and climate events (e.g., severe weather, droughts, floods, heat waves) in the Central U.S.

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Climate Change Implications for Nebraska (2014-2016)

In September 2014, the University of Nebraska published a report summarizing climate change impacts to the state. This comprehensive report summarized the current understanding of climate change science, projected changes in climate for Nebraska and the implications of these changes for some of the state’s primary sectors. Eight roundtable discussion focusing on areas such as wildlife, human health, energy availability were conducted and summarized.

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