Thursday, April 18, 2024, 12:00-1:00
Integrating Agricultural Water Use into Climate Change Impact Assessments

Kirti Rajagopalan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Rajagopalan and her research team worked to advance the climate change impacts assessment model, CropSyst, by integrating agricultural water use associated with managing extreme weather events (e.g., watering to control sunburn in apples) into modeling.  The work helps provide a more accurate picture of water demand during extreme temperatures and increases understanding of how projected changes in these demands might impact instream flows. Dr. Rajagopalan will explain the team’s efforts and how the new assessment capabilities can help regional water resources planning considerations.

Dr. Rajagopalan is a faculty member in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University.  She works in the Agricultural, Natural and Human Systems Modeling Lab to develop and utilize a variety of modeling approaches to better understand and manage water and agricultural resources.

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