Have an Environment Question? Visit New UA Website

A team of researchers led by Cooperative Extension agents at the University of Arizona has unveiled a dynamic website that offers the most up-to-date information available on climate, forests and woodlands, but with a personal, interactive twist: users who can't find the answers they seek can pose online questions to experts and get a response in less than 48 hours.

The eXtension website on climate, forests and woodlands focuses on answers to users' questions or problems across the nation, providing information on a range of topics, from the definition of a tree to complex forest-carbon interactions.

The website accomplishes this using various formats that are continually updated, including a Frequently Asked Questions section, discussions written by specialists, an Ask the Experts link, and news articles.

"Overall, it is designed to be a website that will be used by anyone anywhere in the country, the one-stop shopping for Extension information nationwide," said Tom DeGomez, an area agent and regional specialist with the UA's Cooperative Extension.

The project was funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It is part of the larger eXtension Initiative, a project to create an Internet-based educational network that provides round-the-clock access to unbiased, peer-reviewed science from land-grant universities, such as the UA, and their partners nationwide. Climate, Forests and Woodlands is just one topic within the eXtension Initiative.

The section is organized into four general topics: forest ecosystems, climate change, climate-forest interactions and caring for forests. Discussions within each area contain hot links and links to related articles so users can browse the site without having to return to the homepage.

Read more from this May 18 UANews article at the link below.

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Jun 1 2011