The North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Program

by Bruce A. Boe, North Dakota Atmospheric Resource, Board, United States,
R. Lynn Rose, North Dakota Atmospheric Resource, Board, United States,
Mark L. Schultz, North Dakota Atmospheric Resource, Board, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century

Abstract: For over a third of a century regions of North Dakota have conducted cloud seeding operations aimed at hail damage mitigation or rainfall enhancement. Cloud modification has become an agricultural strategy for reducing weather related risks in parts of the state. Today, the state and counties contribute three-quarters of a million dollars annually to conduct the North Dakota Cloud Modification Program (NDCMP). A dichotomy of views on cloud modification activities exist within the state. This paper discusses how the programs survived, how the state became involved, what the outlook for such programs is, and how the programs will impact national atmospheric research programs.

Subject Headings: Rainfall | Risk management | Agriculture | Weather modification | North America | North Dakota | United States

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