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Research Project: Purdue University - Midwest Regional Climate Center, Agricultural Climatology Data and Tools

Location: Soil, Water & Air Resources Research

Project Number: 5030-21600-001-008-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2023
End Date: Aug 31, 2026

Establish an increase of regional access to climate information and tools across the Midwest to develop regional information about soil temperature and evapo-transpiration climatologies for specialty crops.

The Cooperator and ARS Midwest Climate Hub (MCH) have collaborated on several operational on-line products, including the Freeze Date Tool, Soil Temperature Climatology, and the Customized Chilling Hours Tool. This project will build on these previous products by implementing new features and functions into existing ag-climate tools hosted and managed by the Cooperator. To meet this project's objective, the following tasks will be undertaken as part of the proposed approach: TASK 1: Stakeholder Input Collection Coordinate with ARS MCH staff and key stakeholders to prioritize and implement enhancements to existing ag-climate tools. These may include but are not limited to the use of additional input datasets, the inclusion of new graphics and visualizations, and additional filtering options and customizations. TASK 2: New Product Development TASK 2a: Develop a regional Growing Degree Day (GDD) visualization product that lets users view customized maps and charts of current and past GDD accumulations and related variables. This may include the incorporation of pest phenology look-up tables, short-term forecasts, and/or alert systems. TASK 2b: Explore the feasibility of integrating soil temperature forecasts into the Cooperator's Regional Mesonet Program (RMP) and developing a threshold-driven user alert system. TASK 2c: Work with ARS MCH regional partners to increase access to historical and real-time evaporation-related metrics, humidity/dew point data, and heat stress data and resources. This may include developing new datasets or tools and should leverage any relevant work in progress in the Midwest. TASK 3: Product dissemination TASK 3a: Develop and implement an engagement plan for gathering stakeholder input on new and existing products. TASK 3b: Disseminate new and existing products. Tactics may include but are not limited to webinars, training materials and events, dynamic and static online content, social media, press releases, and email content.