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  • Jul 19 - Ocean forcing of glacier retreat in the western Antarctic Peninsula

    In recent decades, hundreds of glaciers draining the Antarctic Peninsula (63° to 70°S) have undergone systematic and progressive change. These changes are widely attributed to rapid increases in regional surface air temperature, but it is now clear that this cannot be the sole driver. Here, we identify a strong correspondence between mid-depth ocean temperatures and glacier-front changes along the ~1000-kilometer western coastline. In the south, glaciers that terminate in warm Circumpolar Deep Water have undergone considerable retreat, whereas those in the far northwest, which terminate in cooler waters, have not. Furthermore, a mid-ocean warming since the 1990s in the south is coincident with widespread acceleration of glacier retreat. We conclude that changes in ocean-induced melting are the primary cause of retreat for glaciers in this region.
  • Jul 15 - Climate Change is transforming the boreal forest
    Climate change is playing out twice as fast in the boreal forest than it is on the rest of the planet. Permafrost is thawing, and vegetation is changing as climatic zones migrate north faster than trees can adapt. The tundra is turning green, while the boreal forest is turning brown. In the southern end of the boreal forest, evergreen stands of conifers are being replaced by deciduous trees, larch, and birch or, in some places, by less productive grassland. Fires are getting more frequent and large fires are not only killing all the trees, they are burning through the peat, the rich organic soil on the forest floor that serves as a large reservoir for carbon. For every degree of global warming, the forest needs a 15 percent increase in precipitation to compensate for the increased drying caused by warming, according to a recent study. Instead, forests are getting less rain, not more. Scientists also have found that every degree of warming sets off a 12 percent increase in lightning activity, Flannigan says. In the woods, lightning means more forest fires.
  • Jul 13 - Lessons from California: water conservation saved energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • Jul 13 - Declining calcification of the California mussel
  • Jul 8 - Record Low Sea Ice Extent for June 2016

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Effects of climate and vegetation on martens and fishers in the Sierra Nevada, California

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CBI investigated the effects of climate and vegetation on the distribution of martens (Martes caurina) and fishers (Martes pennanti) in the Sierra Nevada in California ...

Integrated Scenarios Dataset Collection

What might the Northwestern US look like over the course of the 21st century as a result of anthropogenic climate change? To address this question a coordinated effort using state of the science models including the latest climate, hydrologic and vegetation models was used to illustrate potential scenarios of the future Northwest environment. The end product was a ...

Delivering Usable Climate Change Information to Sagebrush Managers

Climate change is adding uncertainty to the long-term effectiveness of current land management strategies. Information is needed to adjust these strategies for projected increased climate variability, longer droughts, more intense rainfall events, warmer summers, reduced water provision and changes in fire regime. Our goal is to discover how climate change information ...

Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs(MACA) Downscaling Method

Climate scenarios from global climate models (GCM) provide the primary scientific basis for our understanding of future climates. However, output data from GCMs are at coarse scales (i.e. 100-300 km) resulting in significant biases in regions of complex climate such as the Northwestern US making direct application of such data intractable. To overcome these ...

DRECP Climate Console Guide and Case Study

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Climate Console is a user friendly web based mapping application designed to allow users to explore climate projections to better understand how climate change could alter ecosystems in the California desert. Leveraging the power of ...