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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

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.