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Impacts of SWAT Modeling of Non-Point Source Pollution in Depression-Dominated Basins under Varying Hydroclimatic Conditions

By Jenna Peneueta-Snyder A leading cause of water quality issues is nonpoint source pollution (NPS) caused by agricultural practices and run off. Current models may not be able to adequately analyze these areas because depression-dominated basin areas are most vulnerable to NPS pollution. SWAT Modeling of Non-Point Source Pollution in Depression-Dominated Basins under Varying Hydroclimatic […]

Hopped up on Nanoscience

By Ashley Rone Nanotechnology is an important part of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. This type of technology relies on controlling matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. A particle is considered a nanoparticle if its dimensions are less than 100 nanometers in size which means they are not visible to the naked eye. […]

Northern Great Plains Blizzards

By Jenna Peneueta-Snyder North Dakota is the reported blizzard capital of the United States. With global temperatures on the rise, what does this mean for the future of potential blizzards in the Northern Great Plains? Dr. Aaron Kennedy, CRCS co-lead and Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UND, presented, “Identifying Northern Great Plains Blizzards in […]

Wetland Loss can Impact Long-term Flood Risks

By: Ashley Rone Wetlands are a crucial part of the natural environment that provide a habitat to animals and plants, improve water quality, and reduce flood potential. The loss of wetlands changes stream and river chemistry and can alter the way ecosystems function. The decrease in water leads to an increase in pollutants that are […]

Hopped up on Science

By Jenna Peneueta-Snyder Hopped up on Science is a monthly STEM café organized by Dr. Aaron Kennedy, CRCS co-lead and Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UND. Hosted by Half Brothers Brewing Company in downtown Grand Forks, the cafés meet during the academic year and feature presenters from various disciplines. This gives the community a […]

Impacts of Sub-daily Temperature Variations around the Freezing Temperature on A Hydrological Model using Macro-scale Snowmelt Simulations

By Ashley Rone Water supply research predictions are essential for agriculture, recreational, and environmental tasks in North Dakota. North Dakota’s unique climate is important for water security research conducted on snowmelt fluctuations in freezing temperatures. The information collected from macro-hydrological models helps identify dependable water supplies in the state and other similar geographical regions. North […]

The Importance of Shelterbelt Density

By Jenna Peneueta-Snyder Shelterbelts are vital to retaining soil nutrients and reducing wind caused erosion. For communities dependent upon agriculture, a decline in shelterbelt density can mean a decline in healthy soil and crops. During the 1930’s much of the land in the Great Plains had been cleared and converted for agricultural purposes. The excessive […]

The Value of Partnerships

By Jenna Peneueta-Snyder, Ashley Rone Interdisciplinary collaborations through the Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) are key for the expansion of research at North Dakota universities and colleges. These collaborations have lead to some very successful projects and working relationships within the CRCS. The research partnerships that have developed incorporate various disciplines such as agriculture, […]