Climate Risk Areas Initiative News

Will Marine Heatwaves Become More Intense in the Future? 5 February 2021

Will Marine Heatwaves Become More Intense in the Future?

New research could explain recent extreme marine heatwaves, and points to a future with more frequent and extreme heat waves as global temperatures continue to rise.
Improving Representation of Drought Over Agricultural Areas 26 January 2021

Improving Representation of Drought Over Agricultural Areas

Results show that incorporating observations improves the simulation of the drought category, detection of drought conditions, and reduces instances of drought false alarms.
Drought Task Force Provides Rapid Response to Worst U.S. Drought Since 2013 26 January 2021

Drought Task Force Provides Rapid Response to Worst U.S. Drought Since 2013

The Drought Task Force’s rapid response will help us understand the ongoing drought’s causes, how our science is helping us understand the drought, to what extent climate change is playing a role, and how the event may evolve.

MAPP-funded research finds risk of large California fires increases substantially to one unit degree change in temperature 14 November 2020

MAPP-funded research finds risk of large California fires increases substantially to one unit degree change in temperature

With warming temperatures and severe droughts, the state of California has seen an increase in fire activity. Due to rising global temperatures, this upward trend is expected to continue in areas with available fuel, stressing the need for reliable estimates of future fire statistics.

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