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How El Nino "flavors" affect the Mississippi River River Basin 16 January 2014

How El Nino "flavors" affect the Mississippi River River Basin

A new paper from scientists in CPO’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program titled “Asymmetric Responses of Land Hydroclimatology to Two Types of El Nino in the Mississippi River River Basin,” was accepted into the Geophysical Research Letters journal on Jan. 3.

CPO-Funded Scientist Helps Update USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 14 September 2012

CPO-Funded Scientist Helps Update USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Gardeners and landscapers may want to rethink their fall tree plantings this year. The U.S. Department Agriculture has released an updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which indicates which trees and perennials can survive the winter in a given region. 

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