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UA Develops Network to Improve Weather Forecasting With $5.45 Million From NSF
September 22, 2009
University of Arizona scientists are developing a network of probes to provide quick access to soil moisture data to improve weather forecasting. A grant from the National Science Foundation is funding the project. A recent National Research Council report called for a national network to measure soil moisture, and the new project speaks to that need. Several probes are already installed and being tested in southern Arizona.
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