Congratulations Dr. Sommerlot on your successful defense.
We have received a new NSF funded EarthCube project to establish a robust, community-extensible interoperability framework, Brokered Alignment of Long-Tail Observations
This publication presents and discusses concepts that are fundamental to understanding soil, water, and plant relationships and the soil water balance. Knowledge about soil water relationships can inform the decision-making process in agricultural
operations or natural resource management, such as determining what crops to plant, when to plant them, and when various management practices should be scheduled. Understanding these concepts is useful for addressing both agronomic and policy issues related to agricultural water management.
The publication outlines some climate-related challenges facing agriculture, addresses challenges in communicating climate change issues, and proposes some best practices when attempting to communicate climate change issues to agricultural stakeholders. Extension educators and agricultural service providers can use the information presented here to develop outreach and educational
programs focused on the impacts of climate change, the effects of climate change on agricultural production, and the best ways to motivate behavior change.
PhD Candidate Andrew Sommerlot took a position with the Univ of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis where he is working on improved representation of nutrient dynamic in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model. He is continuing his PhD research while there.