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Utah State University researchers recently won an almost $300,000 grant to study and predict climate and water-change in the northern Utah and Colorado Basin area.
In partnership with Brigham Young University, the research project aims to predict what the climate and water situation will be 10 to 15 years into the future. This information will then be used to prepare plans for future water management.
The grant is one of 12 projects being funded by the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART Initiative. Each funded project aims to develop applied science tools to help the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. An LCC is a “network of public-private partnerships that improve management of the nation’s natural resources to make them more resilient to projected impacts of climate change,” according to the Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, Michael Conner.
Simon Wang, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, assistant director of the Utah Climate Center and principal investigator of the project noted that receiving this grant “signifies the impending climate and water challenge faced by our region.
The grant is the second USU has received from the Bureau in recent years. The first was given in 2011 when USU received a $141,000 grant to create more effective analysis methods for predicting long-term climate change.