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New Hampshire

May 11, 2014

UNH to use drones to study climate change adaptation

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is getting a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study climate change adaptation in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, an area prone to wildfires and drought.

The researchers will use small, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite imagery along with extensive field measurements of forests to evaluate forest conditions.

Researchers then will work with extension agents from Oregon State University and others to develop educational programs for K-12, college students, and the public.

Building on previous research through the Carsey Institute at UNH, the grant is a partnership among researchers from UNH; the University of Colorado; the University of Florida; Oregon State University; and Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Ore..

“The goal of this four-year study is to understand how people manage their lands for changing weather, local economies, and wildfire risk,” said Joel Hartter of the University of Colorado. “It will help landowners and community members understand how their local area has been impacted by climate change and identify land management and resource allocation strategies to deal with the increased chances of droughts, wildfires, insect-related issues, and other weather-related impacts that can have a significant effect on the local economy.”

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