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Interactions Among Climate, Humans and Playa Wetlands on the Southern High Plains

PI: Wijesuriya Dayawansa, Scott McMurry, Loren Smith, and David Willis
Institution: Texas Tech University
Additional Investigators: Clyde F. Martin, Vikas Kaul
Playa Wetlands are small water "tanks" which often go dry during part of the year. These are the primary source of recharge of the regional aquifer, and amphibian habitat in the area depends entirely upon them for water. In addition, a large number of farmers in the region use them to irrigate their fields. The project aims at quantifying the anticipated changes in the Playas (hydroperiod, silt, area etc.) with regard to projected climate changes in the region. We are using a package developed by the Agricultural Research Station of TAMU to analyze the impact of anticipated climate changes on Playa Wetland based wild life habitat and agricultural production. I intend to use the output available at the IPCC data center for this purpose.

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