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Exploring: Climate Change and Drought

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-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/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-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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior United States | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Modified 2016-12-28
https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/node/601 (HTML Document 31.81 KB)

Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior United States Droughts are a natural part of the history in many places in the U.S., however climate ... change is influencing the way we document, understand, and predict drought impacts. These changing circumstances in turn are changing the way land and ... resource managers plan for the future. A team of researchers from the North Central Climate Science Center recently conducted a study to explore and ... characterize the ways in which some federal and tribal natural resource managers experienced and dealt with drought on lands managed by the U.S ...

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 ...

Climate Variability

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/climate-variability?qt-science_center_objects=0 (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 ...

Climate Variability

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/drought/science/climate-variability?qt-science_center_objects=1 (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 ...

NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Modified 2016-12-28
https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/upcoming-webinars (HTML Document 30.41 KB)

, University of California, Santa Barbara Drought imposes many tangible impacts on human food and water supplies, but the effects of drought can actually ... Speaker(s): Shawn Carter and Laura Thompson (1); Shelley Crausbay (2), (1) USGS NCCWSC; (2) National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis ... go much deeper. Long periods without rainfall can alter the delicate balance of natural ecosystems and harm... (Read More) Page Last Modified:Wednesday, November 16, 2016 ...

Postdoctoral Researcher Openings: Reducing risks to biodiversity and human well-being from ecological effects of drought | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Modified 2016-12-28
https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/node/495 (HTML Document 30.71 KB)

". Funded by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) in partnership with Science for Nature and People (SNAP), the project will ... Postdoctoral Researcher Openings: Reducing risks to biodiversity and human well-being from ecological effects of drought We are seeking two ... postdoctoral researchers to participate in the project "Landscape Sensitivity to Ecological Drought: The Knowns, Needs, and Solutions for the Real World ... assess the state of understanding of current and future drought impacts across a range of ecological systems in the United States, and connect those ...

Co-producing Science and Tools for Drought Preparedness with the Wind River Reservation's Tribal Water Managers | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Modified 2016-12-28
https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/node/644 (HTML Document 32.33 KB)

Climate Science Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and multiple others are working in close ... building to train managers on drought and climate science and indicators, and drought planning. This talk presents project activities to date along ... reservation has experienced severe drought impacts on Tribal livelihoods and cultural activities in recent years. Scientists from the North Central ... Speaker(s): Presentation Date:  The Wind River Reservation in west-central Wyoming is home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes. The ...