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From email from the Colorado Water Institute:
Climate, weather and water are completely intertwined. It is a fact that the most damaging extreme weather events usually involve water in some form. Already this year, the U.S. has experienced record-setting floods along the Mississippi River, deadly tornadoes in the South, and severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma. We have already seen eight $1 billion-plus disasters in the U.S. during 2011, with total damages at more than $32 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As these statistics indicate, the study of climate and weather is vitally important to society. Weather and climate affect virtually every aspect of our economy and everyday life— how we live, what we grow, our ecosystems, our energy needs, how our buildings and roads are built, the services we require, and how we recreate.
As you will read in this issue of Colorado Water, CSU researchers are currently working to develop improved information in the form of climate forecasts, runoff predictions, drought monitoring, and regional vulnerability assessments needed to assist water resource decision makers.