The global food system depends on reliable transportation, plentiful water supplies, favorable weather, and labor, to name only a few of the essentials. Yet, supply failures or extreme weather events can destroy an entire production season and severely damage producers’ businesses and livelihoods.We offer tools that predict a range of weather and soil moisture conditions, optimize planting timing, and protect crops and animals while they’re maturing.

Focus Areas of Research


Land Atmosphere Interactions

Predicting the impacts of land surface and subsurface processes on regional weather, climate, and hydrology.

Precision Agriculture Decision Support

Soil Condition Prediction in Support of Precision Agriculture

Seasonal Forecasting

Promoting economic and societal preparedness for next season’s weather


Sue Ellen Haupt

Senior Scientist, Deputy Director Research Applications Laboratory