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UND awarded funds for flood research

The funds will be used to conduct research on precipitation in the northern Great Plains, and on flood events over the last three decades.

Kevin Cramer
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota)
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GRAND FORKS — UND received more than $440,000 from the National Science Foundation, according to a release form, the office of Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

The funds will be used to conduct research on precipitation in the northern Great Plains, and on flood events over the last three decades. According to the release, researchers will study the relationship between surface water storage and hydrologic processes during a complete dry-to-wet — drought to deluge — or wet-to-dry — deluge to drought — cycle.

The goal of the study is to develop a better understanding of future hydroclimatic changes of the Devils Lake basin, based on the past behavior of headwater basins that drain into the lake. The study will also engage high school and tribal college students in summer research projects.

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