Two new publications, funded by U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska CASC, highlight the importance of understanding wildfire, what causes it as well as its effects on ecosystems. Solutions include modeling to create predictions of wildfire events.
Northwest forests are plagued by drought and insects. However, refugia from these stresses were discovered in Oregon and new NCASC funded research discusses how these locations resist such disturbances.
Vegetation abundance has been declining due to drought in the western U.S. where the landscape is predicted to become dryer and hotter. This project offers information on tracking the conditions that can cause significant vegetation declines.
2016 marked the 18th year of severe drought in the Southwest. Though there was unusually high precipitation during the 2016/2017 winter in the region, the hydrological drought continues, witnessed by low water levels in the Colorado River’s two largest...
Drought has long shaped the iconic landscapes of the southwestern United States. However, as we learn about the consequences of a hotter and drier future, we will increase our capacity to adapt to these increasingly rapid changes.