Runoff from Snow in the West

A new study estimates that over 50% of the runoff in the western US comes from snowmelt, yet snowfall makes up only 37% of total precipitation.

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A New Approach to Tracking Hydrologic Responses to Climate Change

Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns are leading to major shifts in when and how streamflows occur. But deciphering how climate change might affect any given watershed can be both time-consuming and expensive. Now a new study focusing on the Pacific Northwest offers a quick, inexpensive alternative to traditional climate downscaling and hydrologic modeling. The…

PUMA Helps Water Utilities Innovate and Adapt

Putting climate science into action at the local level isn’t easy. That’s because when it comes to climate adaptation, climate scientists and resource managers aren’t always on the same page. Putting the results of global climate models to work for local watersheds and reservoirs can also be challenging. These are some of the conclusions from…

Mountain Pine Beetles Affect Rocky Mountain Watersheds

The mountain pine beetle infestation in the Rocky Mountains has impacted millions of acres of pine trees from Colorado to Canada. Evidence suggests that warming temperatures are linked to the insect’s expanding range. Yet exactly what the tree die-off means for local watersheds is still largely unknown. Now, scientist Lindsay Bearup and her fellow researchers are…