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NMSU Water Lecture Series Features Top Professionals

LAS CRUCES - Starting next month, New Mexico State University's spring water lecture series will showcase two of the nation's leading experts in hydrology.

Nolan Doesken, assistant state climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, will speak March 10 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (Courtesy photo by Odie Bliss)

On March 10, Nolan Doesken, assistant state climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, will discuss how volunteers help monitor the climate, through the community collaborative rain, hail and snow network.

"The network is a low-tech low-cost approach to improving data resources for monitoring climate and its impacts," Doesken said. "It's an old-fashioned project where people read simple manual weather instruments to measure moisture. With over 1,000 active participants, the network is providing superior data to support many climate and water resources applications."

Doesken also oversees a statewide network of more than 50 remote automated weather stations to support Colorado agriculture and serves as director of the historic Fort Collins weather station.

Doesken will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus. The title of his program is "The Weather Is Our Water Supply: Community Involvement in Monitoring Climate."

The free, public seminars are part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and the civil and geological engineering department.

On April 7, NMSU's featured speaker will be Thomas Schmugge, NMSU's new Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources. Schmugge, an internationally recognized expert in using satellite data, will give a talk titled "ASTER: Observations of Surface Properties." The seminar will be at 2 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, followed by a reception honoring Schmugge in the building's foyer.

ASTER is short for Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection. Schmugge uses these satellite measurements of surface temperatures to model evaporation in desert areas and heating of the atmosphere. Prior to joining NMSU, he spent 15 years with NASA and 17 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory.

Schmugge's expertise is in using satellite data such as microwave and thermal infrared images to estimate snowmelt, measure soil moisture and determine water losses in plants, said task force coordinator Craig Runyan.

"We're certainly pleased that these professionals are part of our lecture series," he said.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.