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Research Project: Midwest Ag Climate Tool Development

Location: Soil, Water & Air Resources Research

Project Number: 5030-12610-001-003-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Sep 1, 2021
End Date: Aug 31, 2022

The objective of this work is to increase regional information about near-surface temperature inversion information that affects chemical drift, and localized information about longer term changes in spring and fall freeze dates.

The cooperator will develop two different products, regional information about low level temperature inversions and localized freeze-frost date information. These two products will help to create localized Midwest-regional information that is not available currently. Temperature inversions: Task 1: Help summarize information, notes and outcomes from the Spring 2021 inversion/drift meeting between ARS and regional partners and create a report to be shared with ARS and potentially as a meeting report for a journal publication. Task 2: Expand the existing inversion meeting web site to share information from the meeting and expand to become a regional site for temperature inversion information including resources and connecting regional temperature inversion information from regional partners. Freeze date changes: Task 1: Formalize process of developing regional freeze-frost information with ARS. Task 2: Create a web site to display these climate division trends for the Midwest area and possibly nationally. Task 3: Share information about the Cooperator’s tool to summarize last Spring and first Fall freeze-frost date information by state climate division and show the change of average freeze-frost dates over time at a conference or potentially as part of a research article.