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The DAWN project

 

Project Overview

icon-natureicon-solaricon-waterThe DAWN Project fits into the iSEE research themes of Secure & Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Solutions, and Water & Land Stewardship.

 

In the team’s words:

“This project will establish a Dashboard for Agricultural Water use and Nutrient management (DAWN), developing innovative ways of increasing land, nutrient, and water use efficiency to help maximize crop production in maize, soy, and bioenergy fields.

“University of Illinois researchers will study:

  • Climate variability that includes the rapid switch between floods and droughts, which usually leads to waterlogging in the crop planting stage and water stress in crop growth stage, especially in the flowering stage of corn;
  • Biofuel development and landscape change, including adopting more efficient bioenergy crops such as sorghum and perennial grasses like Miscanthus and switchgrass — as well as socio-economic impacts and environmental impacts (water quantity and quality); and
  • Nutrient loss, a longstanding issue in Midwest, and whether it can be positively or negatively affected by climate variability and agriculture landscape change.”

Project News

Researchers from the University of Illinois have been awarded $1.2 million as part of a larger study to help the U.S. Corn Belt maximize crop production.

The Illinois faculty team includes, from left, Ximing Cai, Madhu Khanna, Stephen P. Long, and Reid Christianson.

The Illinois team includes iSEE Associate Director Ximing Cai, the Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; iSEE Associate Director Madhu Khanna, the ACES Distinguished Professor of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; Stephen P. Long, the Ikenberry Endowed University Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology; and Reid Christianson, Research Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences.

Read the iSEE news release >>>

The goal of the overall project — funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and also including Colorado State, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, and FamilyFarms Group — will be to develop a Dashboard for Agricultural Water use and Nutrient management (DAWN). The project lead is Xin-Zhong Liang, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. Read Maryland’s news release >>>


The Team

 

Illinois Investigators

 

Illinois Operating Team (Postdocs, Technicians, Students)

  • Coming soon!

 

Lead Institution Partners

  • PI Xin-Zhong Liang, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland
  • Amy Sapkota, Professor of Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland
  • Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Chair and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) Director, University of Maryland
  • Michael Gerst, ESSIC Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland
  • Thomas Wild, ESSIC Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland
  • Xuesong Zhang, ESSIC Visiting Research Scientist, University of Maryland
  • Michael Maddox, ESSIC Project Manager, University of Maryland
  • Junyu QiESSIC Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland
  • Mitchell SchullESSIC Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland
  • Yufeng HeESSIC Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland
  • Chao SunESSIC Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland
  • You WuESSIC Postdoctoral Associate, University of Maryland

 

Other Institutional Partners

  • Roger Elmore, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Christopher Neale, Director of Research in Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Brian Krienke, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Agronomy, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Xuesong Zhang, Earth Scientist, Pacific North National Laboratory
  • Kate BraumanLead Scientist on Global Water Initiative, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Melissa Kenney, Associate Director of Knowledge Initiatives, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Wei Gao, Professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Chelsea Corr, Research Scientist, USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program, Colorado State University
  • Allison JonjakPrecision Agriculture Analyst, FamilyFarms Group

Publications & Presentations

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