Drought Research

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  • Viruses and aphids that help crops? Scientists think it may be possible
    on August 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Scientists are making an effort to help corn stand up to stress brought on by drought and disease by using viruses and aphids to activate desirable traits. It’s speculative research that could yield new insight into how viruses, insects and plants interact. […]

  • Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas
    on August 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments. […]

  • The key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves
    on August 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Scientists are exploring how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant as the water supplies decline in major agricultural states. […]

  • Kansas well owners, non-well owners have different watering routines during droughts
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    A researcher who examines water conservation policy and the habits of well owners in Kansas found that well owners are more likely to found that well ownership is significantly correlated to increased watering during droughts. […]

  • Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
    on August 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought's severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common, according to new research published by Nature by a group of scientists including Carnegie's Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang. […]

  • Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
    on August 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Drought-caused tree deaths are produced by a combination of hydraulic failure and carbon starvation, shows new research. The finding, based on a meta-analysis by 62 scientists from across the world, will improve predictive models of how trees die in response to heat, drought, and other climate stresses. […]

  • Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas
    on August 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. […]

  • Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
    on August 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. A new model proves capable of much longer-term forecasts of mega-drought and active wildfire seasons than those currently available to people in agriculture, water management and forestry. […]

  • Aardvarks' fate points to worrying consequences for wildlife, due to climate change
    on July 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Aardvarks prove to be highly susceptible to the warmer and drier climates that are predicted for the western parts of southern Africa in the future. During the study of a number of aardvarks, all but one of the study animals -- as well as other aardvarks in the area -- died because of a severe drought, with air temperatures much higher than normal and very dry soil in the area. […]

  • Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires
    on July 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. […]

  • Climate change poses threat to European electricity production
    on July 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The vulnerability of the European electricity sector to changes in water resources is set to worsen by 2030 as a consequence of climate change, conclude researchers. […]

  • Sea temperature changes contributing to droughts
    on July 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts in North America and around the Mediterranean, new research suggests. […]

  • Human-made aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns
    on July 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Scientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe. […]

  • Global hotspots for potential water conflict identified
    on July 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries. […]

  • New model projects an increase in dust storms in the US
    on July 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    A new statistical model predicts that climate change will amplify dust activity in parts of the U.S. in the latter half of the 21st century, which may lead to the increased frequency of spectacular dust storms that have far-reaching impacts on public health and infrastructure. […]

  • Why a single nuke's impact shouldn't only be measured in megatons
    on July 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    A single nuclear warhead could cause devastating climate change, resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives, warn researchers. […]

  • Working together to reduce infection in extreme weather events
    on July 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Researchers have called for health professionals and climate forecasters to work more closely together ahead of extreme weather events and gradual climate change to help prevent the spread of infections. […]

  • From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
    on July 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. […]

  • Extreme weather conditions and climate change account for 40% of global wheat production variability
    on July 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    A new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production has been proposed by researchers. The study analyzed the effect of heat and water anomalies on crop losses over a 30-year period. […]

  • The Black Forest and climate change
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts. […]

  • Concurrent hot and dry summers more common in future
    on June 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies to examine compound climate extremes. […]

  • Calculating 'old' and 'new' water runoff
    on June 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Researchers use math and on-the-ground analyses to the follow water held in the soil versus fresh rainfalls. This can improve water management in drought- and flood-affected areas. […]

  • Animals, not drought, shaped our ancestors' environment
    on June 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    The expansion of grasslands isn't solely due to drought, but more complex climate factors are at work, both for modern Africans now and ancient Africans in the Pleistocene, suggests new research. […]

  • Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought
    on June 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Researchers have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought tolerance in a wide range of plants. The study reports a newly discovered biological pathway that is activated in times of drought. By working out the details of this pathway, scientists were able to induce greater tolerance for drought-like conditions simply by growing plants in vinegar. […]

  • Keeping California's natural gas system safe
    on June 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now the researchers have been awarded millions by the California Energy Commission for two projects aimed at improving the safety and reliability of the state’s natural gas system. […]

  • Dryland cropping systems research addresses future drought and hunger issues
    on June 16, 2017 at 1:37 am

    The projected world population by 2056 is 10 billion. If researchers succeed in improving the yield potential of 40 percent of global land area under arid and semi-arid conditions, it will lead to a significant contribution to future food security. […]

  • 1976 drought revealed as worst on record for British butterflies and moths
    on May 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Scientists have revealed that the 1976 drought is the worst extreme event to affect butterflies and moths in the 50 years since detailed records began. […]

  • Summer rainfall in vulnerable African region can be predicted
    on May 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Summer rainfall in one of the world's most drought-prone regions can now be predicted months or years in advance, climate scientists say. […]

  • LA lawns lose lots of water: 70B gallons a year
    on May 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a new study. […]

  • Groundwater loss tracked during drought in California's Central Valley
    on May 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Significant groundwater loss in California's Central Valley during the recent drought and sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area, a new study reveals. […]