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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Researchers at Colorado State
University and the University of Colorado are teaming up to create a
laboratory to study how to reduce the state's vulnerability to
DroughtLab will include more than 100 faculty members from 22 CSU
departments along with researchers from CU's Boulder campus.
Organizers hope it will draw together comprehensive drought research
and determine how to mitigate the effects of drought.
Atmospheric science professor and state climatologist Roger Pielke
Sr. and civil engineering professor Jose Salas will direct the
project, which will build on CSU's water and climatological research
Departments including engineering, atmospheric science,
agricultural sciences, fishery and wildlife biology, and sociology
will be represented in DroughtLab.
``We need to bring all our skills together because one discipline
cannot provide what we need to understand drought impact,'' Pielke
said. ``It's more a matter of bringing together the diverse expertise
that we have across the state.''
Researchers will look at the impacts of drought and how to respond
to drought, including water supply forecasting techniques. Their
findings will be sent to water managers and the public through
discussion forums, newsletters and a Web site.
As Colorado's drought worsens, water supplies are diminishing and
many communities across the state are facing uncertainty about their
future water resources. Pielke warned the state might not have seen
the worst yet.
``We can have worse droughts,'' he said. ``We need to prepare now
for multi-year droughts and (see) what we can do to reduce
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