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Current Issue:  June 3, 2002
Volume 37, Number 21

Rio Grande studied

UNM researchers are investigating rates of evaporation and transpiration in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque and offering solutions to better conserve water by creating restoration projects along the river.

The project, “Evapotranspiration along the Middle Rio Grande Bosque,” was conducted by civil engineering Assistant Professor Julie Coonrod, biology Professor Cliff Dahm, Research Assistant Professor James Cleverly, biology Field Research Technician Jim Thibault and Ph.D. student in biology Dianne McDonnell. Coonrod recently presented the research at the American Society of Civil Engineers annual spring meeting in Albuquerque.

Evapotranspiration is the combination of water entering the atmosphere —evaporation, and water that goes through the plant into the atmosphere —transpiration.

“With the information we are gathering we can estimate water savings by changing vegetation along the river,” Coonrod said. “The better we can quantify the water budget then the better we can offer solutions to allocate demands for water.”