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CNH: Coupled Climate, Cultivation and Culture in the Great Plains: Understanding Water Supply and Water Quality in a Fragile Landscape.


August 2013 - December 2018


In this research, we will develop a coupled human-landscape model that incorporates the linkages and feedbacks among atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic, and social processes to predict the potential impact of climate variability, climate change, land use, and human activity on water resources. In the first three components, we develop and interactively couple mechanistic models of the three systems controlling water supply and water quality–the hydrosystem, the aquatic ecosystem, and the human system. In the fourth research component, these three system models are integrated. This project will have high impact because successful conservation demands that natural patterns be linked to human behavior, as we propose to do in this project


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 234

Phd Students: 160

Post Docs: 60

University Staff: 268

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 671

Scientific Publications: 1868

Presentations: 4326



Funding Agencies

  • National Science Foundation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey