Decision Tools from U2U
ACE Tools: Decision Tools using Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Information from U2U. The featured tools outline historical weather patterns and normals, examine the likelihood of freezes and heat stress on the growing crops, explore the relationship among climate cycles and crop production, and investigate the costs/benefits of spring fertilizer applications.
Biography: Jim Angel is the State Climatologist with the University of Illinois and does tool development and outreach with the Useful to Usable (U2U) project. Jim is originally from Missouri, but has strong family ties to western Illinois were his grandparents farmed. Jim has been the Illinois State Climatologist since 1997, after working at the Illinois State Water Survey since 1984. He has a broad interest in all things related to weather and climate, including droughts, floods, winter storms, heat waves, and long-term climate change (past, present, and future). His interest in U2U and the decision support tools comes from his extensive interactions in agriculture in Illinois over the years. Besides research, he works with a wide range of users and stakeholders, including students, teachers, homeowners, engineers, other scientists, farmers, as well as federal, state, and local officials on issues related to climate. He maintains this website, a blog, and twitter feed for addressing a wide variety of climate topics as they pertain to Illinois.
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