New Mexico Research Site Gets $6.4 Million Federal Grant for Climate Change Research
SANTA FE, NM – August 2, 2018
A five-year National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to the Sevilleta (she-vee-YEH-ta) Long-Term Ecological Research site located in central New Mexico $6.4 million for work looking at how climate change affects arid land ecosystems. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinric announced it this Wednesday.
The research will be conducted by scientists from the University of New Mexico in cooperation with ecologists from Northern Arizona University and Rice University in Houston.
The scientists will focus on the issues of the ecological consequences of rising temperatures and increasingly variable rainfall on drylands.
Variability of rainfall and warmer temperatures are likely to increase the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events in the region, meaning that many areas will be faced with an increased risk of longer dry spells and heavier storms.
Extreme weather events including higher temperatures and more variable precipitation are already having significant consequences on food security all across the country.