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Exploring: Climate Change and Drought

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought-0/science-topics/soil-moisture (HTML Document 49.76 KB)

Drought can have long-term impacts on soils and agricultural production. USGS researchers are finding new ways to monitor and adapt soils to help managers adapt to drough and future climate change. ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science-topics/land-useland-cover (HTML Document 49.79 KB)

Drought can have long-term impacts on soils and agricultural production. USGS researchers are finding new ways to monitor and adapt soils to help managers adapt to drough and future climate change. ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science-topics/soil (HTML Document 51.22 KB)

Drought can have long-term impacts on soils and agricultural production. USGS researchers are finding new ways to monitor and adapt soils to help managers adapt to drough and future climate change. November 29, 2016 ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science-topics/climate-change (HTML Document 59.33 KB)

ecosystems. USGS drought science is helping communities and resource managers better understand how changing climate, and drought, may impact them and their ... Drought poses a serious threat to the resilience of communities and ecosystems in the United States. Over the past several years, many regions have ... experienced extreme drought conditions, fueled by prolonged periods of reduced precipitation and exceptionally warm temperatures. As global ... temperatures continue to rise, the frequency, severity, and duration of droughts are expected to increase across North America, impacting both humans and ...

Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center - Drought

Modified 2013-04-17
https://eros.usgs.gov/climate-change/drought (HTML Document 25.94 KB)

Wind blows soil from a dry field near a farm in southeast Nebraska. Climate change is expected to alter precipitation patterns worldwide, potentially ... losses each year in the United States alone. Accurate monitoring of drought conditions is vital in helping to mitigate drought impacts, both now and in the future. ... increasing chances for drought in places where rainfall decreases over extended periods. Currently, droughts are responsible for $6 to $8 billion in ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/drought-impacts (HTML Document 64.28 KB)

Ecological Drought in Alaska A group of scientists, managers, and communicators recently met to discuss and synthesize knowledge of climate change and ... ecological drought in Alaska Do Large Precipitation Events Help Groundwater Resources? Yes, they do according to a new study by USGS and the Bureau of ... highest ever measured in some Midwest streams Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, rising sea levels and severe events like drought ... Fire to Reduce Tree Deaths From Drought? New research shows that using prescribed fire to thin forests can reduce the effects of drought on trees ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science-topics/adaptive-management (HTML Document 57.66 KB)

managers adapt to drough and future climate change. Drought poses a serious threat to the resilience of communities and ecosystems in the United States ... climate, and drought, may impact them and their surrounding environment.  November 18, 2016 November 8, 2016 November 3, 2016 ... Drought can have long-term impacts on soils and agricultural production. USGS researchers are finding new ways to monitor and adapt soils to help ... . Over the past several years, many regions have experienced extreme drought conditions, fueled by prolonged periods of reduced precipitation and ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/drought-resilience (HTML Document 57.23 KB)

to help managers adapt to drough and future climate change. Drought poses a serious threat to the resilience of communities and ecosystems in the ... changing climate, and drought, may impact them and their surrounding environment.  ... address drought-related scientific and management questions. Ecosystem scientists use this information and innovative technologies to synthesize, analyze ... , and model drought processes and biological responses to better understand the causes and associated impacts of drought on fish and wildlife ...

Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science-topics/conservation (HTML Document 52.79 KB)

managers adapt to drough and future climate change. Drought poses a serious threat to the resilience of communities and ecosystems in the United States ... North America, impacting both humans and ecosystems. USGS drought science is helping communities and resource managers better understand how changing climate, and drought, may impact them and their surrounding environment.  ... Drought can have long-term impacts on soils and agricultural production. USGS researchers are finding new ways to monitor and adapt soils to help ... . Over the past several years, many regions have experienced extreme drought conditions, fueled by prolonged periods of reduced precipitation and ...

Effects of climate change on drought risks in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River basin

Modified 2012-03-12
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70017696 (HTML Document 16.26 KB)

Effects of climate change on drought risks in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River basin By: The Publications Warehouse does not have ... publication details Title: Effects of climate change on drought risks in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River basin ISBN: 087262921X Larger Work Title: First page: Conference Location: ... links to digital versions of this publication at this time Download citation as: RIS Abstract Possible effects of climate change on the Apalachicola ... possible climate change scenarios. Preliminary results for climate scenarios based on output for three popular general circulation models indicate that ...

Rainfall experiments assist with understanding of effects of drought

https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/rainfall-experiments-assist-understanding-effects-drought (HTML Document 42.84 KB)

impact of climate change on plant communities and ecosystems in dryland regions.  (Credit: John Bradford, USGS. ) Credits: Source: Photographer ... Rainfall experiments assist with understanding of effects of drought SBSC researchers use experiments of rainfall to understand how ecosystems ... respond to drought.  This site in northern Arizona is part of an experiment arrayed across an elevational gradient that will provide insight into the likely ...

Uncertainty in climate change and drought

Modified 2012-03-12
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70016636 (HTML Document 18.86 KB)

applied to a watershed model of the Delaware River basin to identify sources of uncertainty in predicting effects of climate change on drought in the basin ... effects of projected climate change on reservoir contents by calculating the frequency with which the basin enters drought conditions under a range of ... climate-change conditions. Two primary sources of uncertainty that affect predictions of drought frequency in the Delaware River basin were considered ... : (1) uncertainty in the amount of change in mean air temperature and precipitation, and (2) uncertainty in the effects of natural climate variability on ...

Ecological Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/ecological-drought?qt-science_center_objects=1 (HTML Document 59.98 KB)

In 2015, the Climate Science Centers (CSCs), National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), and university partners undertook the ... challenge of understanding the regional effects of drought on wildlife and ecosystems, identifing potential threats to valued resources, and prioritizing ... aimed at collating existing knowledge of the ecological impacts of and resistance and adaptation to drought across the U.S. These are the workshops which ... have taken place so far:    1. “The Knowns”: Synthesize our current understanding of ecological drought and locate ecosystems that are particularly ...

Ecological Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/ecological-drought (HTML Document 59.98 KB)

In 2015, the Climate Science Centers (CSCs), National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), and university partners undertook the ... challenge of understanding the regional effects of drought on wildlife and ecosystems, identifing potential threats to valued resources, and prioritizing ... aimed at collating existing knowledge of the ecological impacts of and resistance and adaptation to drought across the U.S. These are the workshops which ... have taken place so far:    1. “The Knowns”: Synthesize our current understanding of ecological drought and locate ecosystems that are particularly ...

A review of the relationships between drought and forest fire in the United States

Modified 2016-06-16
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70171055 (HTML Document 20.62 KB)

A review of the relationships between drought and forest fire in the United States Global Change Biology By: Jeremy Littell, David L. Peterson, Karin ... management under climate change. Collectively, this points to a conceptual model of fire on real landscapes: fire regimes, and how they change through ... L. Riley, Yongquiang Liu, and Charles H. Luce Abstract The historical and pre-settlement relationships between drought and ... wildfire are well documented in North America, with forest fire occurrence and area clearly increasing in response to drought. There is also evidence ...

Media Advisory: Pacific Climate Workshop Focuses on Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/news/media-advisory-pacific-climate-workshop-focuses-drought (HTML Document 50.95 KB)

presentations will cover topics such as drought, climate change, El Niño, wildfire, tree rings, isotopes, and air temperature, in locations ... climate and drought, both present day and in the geologic past. When: Sunday – Wednesday, March 8-11, 2015 Sun., Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., opening ... session on western climate and the recent drought. Mon., Mar. 9: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., oral sessions on drought in the West. Tues., Mar ... Release Date: March 5, 2015U.S. Geological Survey scientists who study trends in climate change will be presenting the results from new studies at a ...

USGS Capabilities to Study the Impacts of Drought and Climate Change in the Southeastern United States

Modified 2012-02-02
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/fs20093014 (HTML Document 16.24 KB)

USGS Capabilities to Study the Impacts of Drought and Climate Change in the Southeastern United States Fact Sheet 2009-3014 In the Southeast, U.S ... climate change and resulting weather patterns such as drought through expert scientific skill, innovative research approaches, and accurate information ... technology. Additional publication details Title: USGS Capabilities to Study the Impacts of Drought and Climate Change in the Southeastern United States Series title: Fact Sheet Series number: ... . Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are researching issues through technical studies of water availability and quality, geologic processes (marine ...

Ecological Drought

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/ecological-drought?qt-science_center_objects=0 (HTML Document 59.98 KB)

In 2015, the Climate Science Centers (CSCs), National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), and university partners undertook the ... challenge of understanding the regional effects of drought on wildlife and ecosystems, identifing potential threats to valued resources, and prioritizing ... aimed at collating existing knowledge of the ecological impacts of and resistance and adaptation to drought across the U.S. These are the workshops which ... have taken place so far:    1. “The Knowns”: Synthesize our current understanding of ecological drought and locate ecosystems that are particularly ...

Climate Variability

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/climate-variability (HTML Document 60.77 KB)

severity among mountain ecosystems in response to climate change, particularly the duration and intensity of summer drought and extreme weather ... of years.  Paleoclimatology, in particular, uses evidence of past climate change preserved in sediments, rocks, tree rings, corals, ice sheets and ... climate is changing now, and how it may change in the future. USGS researchers are using reconstructions of past climate to understand how ecosystems ... respond to climate variability. Knowing how ecosystems may respond to changes in climate can help resource managers adapt and plan for climate change ...

Drought Monitoring with VegDRI

Modified 2012-02-02
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/fs20103114 (HTML Document 17.25 KB)

progression and potential effects, and to provide information necessary to support drought mitigation decisions. It is also crucial in light of climate change ... United States every year, turning green landscapes brown as precipitation falls below normal levels and water supplies dwindle. Drought is typically a ... . Drought can threaten crops, livestock, and livelihoods, stress wildlife and habitats, and increase wildfire risks and threats to human health ... . Drought conditions can vary tremendously from place to place and week to week. Accurate drought monitoring is essential to understand a drought's ...