New Research Analyzes Patterns of Almost 70 Years of Precipitation, Streamflow, and Drought 17 March 2021

New Research Analyzes Patterns of Almost 70 Years of Precipitation, Streamflow, and Drought

A new study provides an updated and more comprehensive view on historical hydroclimatic trends by quantifying how much of the changes in those trends can be attributed to external forcing vs. internal variability. 

Climate Indicators Identify Drivers of Change in Arctic Tundra 3 March 2021

Climate Indicators Identify Drivers of Change in Arctic Tundra

New research identifies important climate drivers affecting tundra vegetation productivity and points to potential methods of predicting vegetation a season or two ahead of time. 

New Study Identifies Mountain Snowpack Most “At-Risk” from Climate Change 1 March 2021

New Study Identifies Mountain Snowpack Most “At-Risk” from Climate Change

CPO-funded scientists theorize why snowpack in coastal regions, the Arctic, and the Western U.S. may be among the most at-risk for premature melt from rising temperatures

Climate scientists identify regional variations in snowpack melt as temperatures increase and present a theory that explains which mountain snowpacks worldwide are most “at-risk” from climate change.

Distinguishing Between Low and High Climate Sensitivity in Climate Models 16 February 2021

Distinguishing Between Low and High Climate Sensitivity in Climate Models

New research distinguishes between climate models with low and high climate sensitivity due to aerosol-cloud interactions, helping climate scientists to better understand and reduce uncertainty in future climate projections. 

Coastal Flood Risks Amplified by Extreme Sea Level Variability 1 February 2021

Coastal Flood Risks Amplified by Extreme Sea Level Variability

Researchers from the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida recently published a study that shows how incorporating decade-long variations in extreme sea level (ESL) events, such as storm surge, in coastal flooding risk assessments can dramatically increase the severity of expected flooding and the associated economic losses. 

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