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Research Project: Economic Impacts of Exceptional Drought on Agriculture and STEM Education

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-63-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2019
End Date: Feb 28, 2021

Objective:
1. Production of economic assessments of the impacts of exceptional drought on agriculture. The assessments will be foundational material for an article or series of articles for peer-reviewed publication about climate risk and resilient agriculture in the semi-arid southwestern U.S. 2. Facilitate coordination and collaboration between resource managers to improve climate resilience and response. 3. Apply the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science framework to Southwestern forestry issues. 4. Improve access to materials, equipment and resources to measure and understand weather and climate data.

Approach:
1. Assessment of drought-related economic impacts to be conducted using an approach based on the widely accepted IMPLAN model for economic analysis and should allow for a more comprehensive approach to drought economic impacts, particularly to the agricultural sector. Publication of project reports and papers. 2. Connect Drought Adaptation Paradigms: Southwest Climate Hub, NRCS and Forest Service co-leads have developed tools and frameworks for climate adaptation, proposing to link ecological site, state and transition and seed transfer tools in a sagebrush ecosystem to foster climate adaptation. The outcomes of this collaboration include a workshop or webinar and peer-reviewed publication. 3. Forestry Municipal Adaptation Project: In partnership with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub and Colorado State University (CSU) will collaborate on an effort to incorporate climate change considerations in managing forests to enhance carbon sequestration with a southwestern municipality.