Center for Regional Climate Studies

Global climate impacts regional weather, extreme weather events, and agricultural productivity. Through computational modeling and simulation, the CRCS aims to understand how global climate impacts North Dakota agriculture in the areas of field hydrology, general land use, biomass production (which affects chemical feedstocks), and human behavior. Though obtaining insight into these impacts and the agricultural economy of our state is particularly challenging, successful adaptation is only possible through a knowledge-based plan of action.  


Climate fluctuations present new and never before seen challenges for the Northern Great Plains region. To better adapt to climate variations, we need to:

  • Understand regional climate variations and their impact on agriculture.
  • Study how the human-environmental system responds to climate variations.
  • Explore potential socio-economic impacts on regions with an agricultural-based economy.

The INSPIRE-ND CRCS Research Team

Outreach, Education, and Collaboration

The Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) participates in a number of outreach and workforce development programs as part of INSPIRE ND in the hopes that its research efforts will benefit as broad a range of people as possible.

Graduate, Undergraduate, and Tribal College Opportunities:

Citizen Science Grid:

From Tweets to wildlife video to DNA, Citizen Science Grid projects seek volunteers from the general public to devote their time or computer resources to solve real-world problems. They create opportunities for researchers to work with K-12 students. CRCS is also working on projects that will be available through Citizen Science Grid.

External Funding Awards

See a complete list of external awards here.

Emerging Area Seed Awards

See a list of the 2017 ND EPSCoR Emerging Area Seed Awards here.

Student Research Posters

Research-related experiments

Experiments related to ND EPSCoR funded research have been developed by ND EPSCoR researchers and their graduate students for use by selected fifth and eighth grade rural K-12 teachers. The experiments have been taught to the teachers, and the teachers have been provided with some equipment and materials needed to carry out the experiments in their classrooms. The teaching materials are now being made available for anyone to use.

  • Fifth Grade Experiments booklet  (Download PDF or MS Word
    • Unit One: Weather (CRCS research related)- Hurricane Path- Building Weather Station Measurement- Cloud Particles and Cloud Formation
  • Eighth Grade Experiments booklet  (Download PDF or MS Word)
    • Unit One: Weather (CRCS research related)- Cloud Particles and Formation- Watersheds and the Urban/Rural Inference- Greenhouse Effect- Forecasting the Weather


Dr. Jianglong Zhang
Lead, Center for Regional Climate Studies
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
3980 Campus Road, Stop 9007
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9007

Dr. Aaron Kennedy
Co-Lead, Center for Regional Climate Studies
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
3980 Campus Road, Stop 9007
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9007

Dr. David Roberts
Co-Lead, Center for Regional Climate Studies
Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
NDSU Dept. 7610, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Stakeholder Advisory Committee




This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under ND EPSCoR Award #IIA-1355466 and by the State of North Dakota. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the State of North Dakota.