NASA to Help in Cali Drought

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA is joining forces with California’s Department of Water Resources to develop ways to deal with the state’s emergency drought situation.

    NASA is joining forces with the California Department of Water Resources to create new technology to better manage and monitor California’s water resources and to respond to its ongoing drought.   NASA say that it plans to work with the DWR, along with university researchers and other state resource management agencies, “to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.”  That includes airborne campaigns to monitor freshwater resources, combining data from NASA satellites and DWR’s network of agricultural weather stations to improve estimates of crop water requirements for farmers to better manage irrigation, and using satellite imagery to track the extent of fallowed land, among a host of other projects.