NASA researchers helping with California drought

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These satellite images show the snowpack in California on Jan. 13, 2013 on the left and on Jan. 13, 2014 on the right. (Photo credit: NASA/NOAA)

These satellite images show the snowpack in California on Jan. 13, 2013 on the left and on Jan. 13, 2014 on the right. (Photo credit: NASA/NOAA)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — NASA scientists say they’re deploying satellite and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state’s record drought and better manage it.

NASA researchers and state water officials announced the partnership on Tuesday. The state will rely on data from NASA satellites and other airborne technology to better assess the snowpack and ground water levels and predict storms.

Jeanine Jones, of the state’s Department of Water Resources, and NASA scientists say satellite images will also help more accurately measure the number of fields farmers have chosen not to plant and where land is sinking because of excessive water pumping.

Gov. Jerry Brown directed state officials to form such partnerships as part of his drought emergency declaration last month.

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