Paleoclimate Variability of the American Southwest
adjacent to Zzyzx research station.
Why is this research important?
Predicting precipitation, its potential range of variability, and effects on landscapes and biota is difficult. More precise and accurate records of paleoenvironmental conditions in the Desert Southwest during Pleistocene pluvial periods, wet-dry transitions, and extreme droughts during the Holocene, and correlation of these records with those from nearby marine cores, will constrain the range of expectable natural climate variability and its effects on landscapes and biota, and provide input to land-management agencies, water resource managers, and other groups to help plan mitigation strategies in response to a changing global climate.
Principal Investigator: Marith C. Reheis
Project Team: Jeffrey Pigati, Shannon Mahan, Jeffrey Honke, James Paces Jim Budahn, Dave Miller, Eric Fisher, Paco Van Sistine , Elmira Wan, Dave Wahl, Andrew Cohen, Jordon Bright, Kathleen Springer, David Rhode, Franco Biondi, Scotty Strachan