The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has been awarded $20 million over a period of five years for the Harnessing the Data Revolution for Fire Science (HDRFS) project through the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
In a new study, scientists analyzed the historical development of farm vehicle weights and tire equipment, and calculated how this has affected the pressure at the ground surface and deeper down in the subsoil.
In a new study in the International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, scientists explore the growing threat that extreme heat poses to workforce health in three of the hottest cities in North America – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
Study Develops Framework for Forecasting Contribution of Snowpack to Flood Risk During Winter Storms
A new study provides the first framework for a snowpack decision support tool that could help water managers prepare for potential flooding during rain-on-snow events, using hourly data from existing snow monitoring stations.
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