NASA Turns Research To California Drought

CBS Sacramento

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state’s record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.

The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency’s satellite data and other airborne technology to better assess the snowpack, ground water levels and predict storms.

Jeanine Jones of the state’s Department of Water Resources together with NASA scientists announced the partnership in a Sacramento news briefing, saying that satellite images will help more accurately measure the number of fields farmers have chosen not to plant and where land is sinking because of excessive water pumping.

“We value the partnership with NASA and the ability of their remote sensing resources to integrate data over large spatial scales,” Jones said.

Gov. Jerry Brown directed state officials to form such partnerships as part of his…

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