Mountain Snow Declines Past and Future

Two studies examine Pacific Northwest snowpack under climate change.

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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…

A Quick Approach to Modeling Climate Impacts for Water Resource Managers

Water managers could someday have a quicker way to apply climate scenarios to management decisions at the river basin where they’re needed, new research suggests. In a recent paper in the journal Climatic Change, Julie Vano, who is a postdoctoral fellow at OCCRI, and Dennis Lettenmaier, a CIRC principal investigator at UW, describe a technique they…