October 1, 2008
Written by Kelly Kleinsteuber
The research team is comprised of four researchers from three different universities. Barbato is responsible for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis component and Barry-Goodman is responsible for managing the survey.
“This NSF grant provides our team with the opportunity to investigate the geographic diversity of societal attitudes towards water conservation alternatives,” said Barbato. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with a multi-state, multi-university team of experienced colleagues in the diverse disciplines of agriculture, economics and geography.”
Jeffrey Edwards, associate professor of economics at North Carolina A&T University, is another researcher on the team. According to Edwards, the drive for independence from foreign oil will raise hard choices for communities on the Ogallala. Increased production of crops for biofuels will further deplete the already stressed aquifer.
Another member of the research team is Gary Pumphrey, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Angelo State University. He said the research aims to allow these communities to determine the most efficient water conservation policy as ethanol production moves forward. Pumphrey added that this is a pivotal time to make decisions about the Ogallala.
Contact: Lucia Barbato, associate director, Center for Geospatial Technology, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3722 ext. 242 or email@example.com.