Climate Change and Future River Flooding in the Northwest

CIRC researchers publish a new study on increases in flooding in the Columbia River basin under climate change Laura Queen River flooding in the Northwest kills people, destroys property, and both disturbs and sustains ecosystems. From historic examples such as the Heppner flood of 1903 and the Vanport flood of 1948 to flooding of the…

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.