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BEG Researcher Gives Talk on Predicting Droughts and Floods at The Grace Museum

UT-Geology-TalkUniversity of Texas at Austin researcher Todd Caldwell will give a talk about a new project to provide vital information for determining the chances of droughts and dangerous floods in Texas at The Grace Museum on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

Caldwell is a research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, a unit of The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. He has headed up a project to create a new network of underground sensors in the Texas Hill Country called the Texas Soil Observation Network (TxSON). The network is linked to a NASA satellite and will provide information that will help throughout Texas and beyond.

TxSON is connected to NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launched in January. For Texas, a big payoff will be a solid estimate of how much water is stored in the soil. For NASA and the scientific community, the payoff will be the ability to predict weather on a global scale days or weeks ahead of time. NASA hopes to use the data to foretell drought and the potential for floods, wildfires and severe weather.

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Featuring: Todd Caldwell, research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology